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Louisville's Ware suffers gruesome leg injury

A gruesome injury that left Louisville guard Kevin Ware with a broken leg plunged Lucas Oil Stadium into horrified silence, with coach Rick Pitino wiping away tears and shocked teammates openly weeping during Sunday's Midwest Regional final.

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Michael Frank's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:10 PM

In sports, not many injuries have gone down like this one. Kevin Ware who is apart of the Louisville college basketball team broke his leg badly. Ware went up for a block against the Duke Blue Devils and landing wrong and broke his leg. His bone of his leg then came through his skin and scared many people. Ware was on the ground waiting for the trainers to come over with the stretcher and while he was waiting many of his teammates and coaches were crying. Ware may have a chance to come back next year if he is all healed up. He is a Junior so he hopes with all his heart that he will be able to come back next year to play and try to win the title in his last season in college basketball. As Kevin Ware was leaving the court, one of the players ran over to him and took his jersey and continued to play in Ware’s jersey in honor of his intense hustle and dedication to the team. 

 

When I was reading this article, I was sad. This made me sad because if it ever happened to me knowing that my career was in jepordy then i wouldn't know what to do. Also the article tells me to push through injuries no matter what. 

 

Services, ESPN.com News. "Kevin Ware Breaks Bone In leg." ESPN.

 

     ESPN Internet Ventures, 01 Apr. 2013. Web. 01 Apr. 2013. 

Bosco Merhige's comment, April 2, 2013 9:36 PM
Injuries have always been tough for players, their teammates, and their fans. It can determine the success of the club or school team (in this case, Louisville). Kevin Ware, a sophomore at Louisville, recently had an injury that frightened the whole world. An injury of this sort was never seen in the sport of basketball, let alone the sport world. At attempting a block from a three pointer to tie up the game, he landed badly and split his leg’s bone. It then came out of his skin on public television and the game was stopped for twenty minutes. What I want to comment on is that right before he was about to be carried out, he told his teammates not to worry- that they had to win the game. Ware kept saying over and over “Win the game, win the game.” It spurred his teammates so that because of them they began to pull away from Duke’s lead. They ended up winning by twenty. Kevin Ware is sitting in a hospital at the moment after undergoing surgery yesterday. He will be in all of our prayers.
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Reflect and learn from great and timeless quotes by Basketball Coaches and Players around the world. Please feel free to add a great quote and its source in the comment box below.   Quotes fro...
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To some people, basketball is just a game. To others it is a hobby. Still to others, it is a dedication and life. People like me feel happy during their season… it is like they are at relief when they play. People take drugs to escape reality? Good for them. Its unhealthy, and could kill them. Basketball is my drug. I am healthiest when I play it, most fit (Coach Joseph works us to death), and happiest. When I play, it’s like I am in a different world. My teammates are my friends. When I play, its like time speeds up and stress just disappears. Well, it is like that for other people too. Ball is life, you just have to work hard and give your 100% on the court. What you can’t let happen is to let it distract you from things like school. Because what then ends up happening is that you can’t play because you’ve been put on probation.

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Edward Curry's comment, April 3, 2013 9:15 AM
I completely agree with Bosco on the belief that basketball for some people has a different effect on their life. For some it is an after’s school activity. However, for other like professional athletes, it is a full time job requiring them to practice almost every day and then compete at the highest intensity. The thing is for these athletes they are being paid sometimes multi-millions to play a hobby. Now it is not their fault, but society that these athletes are making almost 5 times more than the highest paid cop or firefighter. Yes it is a big market but I think a couple hundred thousand is more than an enough for them to support their lavish life styles. The worst thing is for some of these people , they retire at 35 , with about 20 million dollars and blow it all by the time they are sixty. I know this is a crude generalization but the facts are there and you see it more and more each day. Society needs to change the way we think , where getting into an ivy league school is everyone's goal , not to go play d1 in college basketball and play professionally!
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NCAA - Men's College Basketball Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings, Rumors - ESPN

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Get the latest NCAA basketball news, scores, stats, standings, and more on ESPN.com.
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Many basketball careers start in school. Where they went to can depend on whether or not they get drafted into the NBA, or other leagues. Their high school and college is where they make their debut- where scouters and reporters watch the players… some more than others. Some players skip going to college and go into the NBA. This doesn’t tend to work out for the persons career. Upon entering, they can never get used to the NBA’s level of play. Being stars in highschool doesn’t mean you will be stars in the big leagues. For the people who are really good though, it doesn’t really matter. They come into the NBA rusty at first, but then picking up their normal pace. I would say that LeBron James does better in the NBA then the way he played in highschool. 

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basketball Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about basketball

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Get information, facts, and pictures about basketball at Encyclopedia.com. Make research projects and school reports about basketball easy with credible articles from our FREE, online encyclopedia and dictionary.
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Basketball as a sport had a rough start. The public wasn’t happy with its players resorting to drugs and alcohol. Superstars like Larry Bird, “Magic” Johnson, and Michael Jordan brought the public eye back to the sport. They admired seeing each one of them play wearing their team name over their chests. They loved the tension and excitement of the playoffs. Basketball players became so much admired by society that they practically became celebrities. Small things like the height of players and the 3-point line fascinated people. Fans liked it when people would cross one another over, when injuries would happen on other teams. It was just the game of basketball that makes just about anyone interested in it. If you don’t like to watch it, you might like to play it. If you like to do both as well, that’s great too.

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ryan's comment, April 3, 2013 2:10 AM
Basketball as a sport is based of the skill of the players and the support of the fans. The fans are the people who buy the ticket and put the money into the player’s hands. When players did drugs it put a bad taste in the fans mouth. Two star players Michal Jordan and Magic Jonson brought the sport of basketball away from the hype of drugs and back to the sport. The sport evolved into a wild exciting joy ride for every fan. Collage basketball and the NBA took off in the last decade. Nowadays the players are treated as celebrities. The act of embarrassing someone by crossing them over so bad has been idolized. Nowadays we have the ESPN Top 10 replaying the top 10 plays or all sports of that week. Players of all skill level and positions are compared and ranked on who is the best and who had the worst mess up or error. When a big star makes a mistake it wont be forgotten until it is played over and over on television.
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Olympic Basketball - Schedule, Results, Medals

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Olympic Basketball London 2012. Full Schedule, Results, Medals, News, Photos. Follow Basketball events online. Live updates & Results!.
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Basketball isn’t just popular in the United States. Basketball has spread throughout the world and produced good players from places like Spain, the Philippines, Asia, Greece, Germany, Russia and South America. Having gone to Spain many times and interacting with friends at camp in Spain, basketball seems as popular as soccer has been. I have met and played against several very good players who could easily be on the Loyola Varsity team: even as freshman. It shows that they are just as good as America is. In the Olympics, Spain lost for the 2nd time in a row to USA in the finals. This shows how good Spain is and how basketball is admired worldwide. On top of that, they only won by 8- which if you ask me could have been anyone’s game. Basketball had to become an Olympic sport and has been for quite a while. It is one of the most popular sports watched during the Olympics. 

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Women's Basketball, WNBA Teams, Scores, Stats, News, Standings, Rumors - Women's Basketball - ESPN

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Although at first basketball was meant only for men (or so people thought) women began to pick up the sport as a hobby and pastime. For others, it became their life. Some women became so good and athletic, that some even got to dunk… something even I can’t do (yet). Basketball is tough for women. They have so much stress on them, being in the major leagues and on March Madness teams. More stress than even the guys do. Games can get more competitive and interesting. If a guy hits a long-distance three, it’s cool. For a second. If a girl hits it, its broadcasted all over ESPN and people find out about the team and player. They say “Wow, she’s good.” Women, being considered to be weaker by many other people prove themselves to be just as good and sometimes even better than the men. Sadly, people don’t watch games because they would rather see a men’s game.

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Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book

The sports illustrated book on basketball

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Basketball over the years has come to such a point that major sports companies have to write a whole book on it. It shows that people like me care so much about it that books have to be written on the legendary sport. The sport really is simple: there are two goals- one at each end of the court. You have one ball to play with and only 5 players at a time are allowed on the court. Usually, it would consist of a point guard, a shooting guard, a small forward, a power forward, and a center. The shortest players tend to be the point guards, and the tallest tend to be centers. There are so many rules and new features put into the game that require height and athleticism. This can include the dunking of a ball (forcing the ball into the rim by jumping).

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54 Players Who Have Made More $$$ Than Michael Jordan

The NBA has handed out some serious wads of cash to its players. While some of the names on this list, like Shaquille O'Neal , are hardly shocking to most, others, like Juwan Howard, ...
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Basketball players can earn a lot of money in their career. Once they retire, they have enough money to live the rest of their life wealthy. Now if you are really good, that’s a whole different story. Players who become all-stars can earn up to 200,000 a day, like LeBron or Kobe Bryant for instance. Weirdly, this being a good source, some people who aren’t as good get a very high pay- even higher than Michael Jordan (the greatest player who ever lived) wage. For example, people like Juwan Howard and Erick Dampier (who are considerably worse than him) earn about 1 million more than Jordan did. In the D-League, you get payed about 25,000 a year: much less than the average NBA Salary guarantees you. In the European League, you can get about 250,000 a year.

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