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Ware calls injury 'minor setback'

Image (from left to right): Louisville's Rick Pitino, Kevin Ware & Richard Pitino (© Kenny Klein/AP)
Kevin Ware, resting with the Regional trophy, is visited by Rick Pitino and son Richard.
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Kevin Ware isn’t going to let his gruesome leg injury keep him down.

"This is a minor setback for a major comeback," Ware told the New York Daily News by phone from his hospital bed. "I have to have the right approach to it. They told me things are gonna be good for me. This is not a lifetime injury where I can never play basketball again.

"But getting to where I want to be and where I need to be is gonna take some time."

Through it all Sunday, Ware maintained his composure and provided inspiration for his teammates. This despite suffering a broken right leg that went through his skin and brought his teammates and coach Rick Pitino to tears.

Ware’s mother, Lisa Junior, was home in Atlanta watching the game.

"It was mostly a helpless feeling because I wasn't there," she told the Daily News. "We just prayed and we had encouraging words. I wasn't the only distraught one, but everybody was very positive."

Junior made it to Indianapolis on Monday and told the paper from his hospital room that Ware called her less than an hour after the injury.

"He said, 'Mom, calm down. I'm OK,' " she told the paper. "He just kept saying, 'Mom, calm down.' "

Meanwhile, Ware walked around his hospital room on crutches. He still hopes to join the Cardinals in Atlanta for the Final Four this weekend.

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