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Kevin Ware recovering from leg surgery following nasty fall on court

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Louisville guard Kevin Ware (AP Photo) Louisville guard Kevin Ware (AP Photo)
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University of Louisville guard and metro Atlanta native Kevin Ware is recovering following a successful surgery on his broken right leg.

University officials said the sophomore had the bone reset and a rod inserted into his right tibia during a two-hour surgery.

Ware was expected to stay in Indianapolis until at least Tuesday.

CBS Atlanta News spoke with two of Ware's sisters on Sunday night in Conyers where Ware's family was watching the game with his former Rockdale County High School basketball coaches.

They said they watched the whole incident unfold on national television.

"Everyone was on the floor so we didn't even know who was hurt and then they announced my brother and they showed his leg during the replay and I was just so hurt just seeing him like that," said Brittany Ware, one of Kevin Ware's sisters. "Everybody just started calling and texting."

Many family members changed their profile pictures on Facebook to a Louisville Cardinal wearing a no. 5 jersey, a cast and walking with a crutch.

Kevin Ware landed awkwardly on the court, with his leg bending at almost a right angle after he contested a 3-point shot late in the first half of the NCAA Midwest regional final on Sunday between the Cardinals and Duke.

Kevin Ware's stunned teammates wept openly as he was taken off the court on a stretcher and to Methodist Hospital.

Dominique Cooper, Kevin Ware's trainer and friend, told CBS Atlanta News that Kevin Ware told his teammates that all he wanted them to do was them to focus on winning the game, which they did.

"That shows how good of a person he is, that he was like, 'I'm gonna be okay, guys,' Cooper said. "He was more concerned about a team than himself. He's not an individual person, he's a team person and he wants to win as a team."

Monday, Kevin Ware's doctors said he could be back on the court in six months, if there are no complications or nerve damage to his leg.

Dr. Spero Karas, an Emory professor and head physician for the Atlanta Falcons, said he believes Kevin Ware's prognosis should be good, because he has treated similar fractures before.

"Fractures of this nature, if they heal in a typical fashion or uneventfully without complications, could typically heal in about six months, he said. "So after the healing process, there is an ongoing rehab that happens almost immediately."

Cooper said he believes his friend will be back on the court - soon.

"The boy is a hard worker he is always willing to be in the gym," Cooper said. "He will bounce back and you will see Kevin Ware at the next level. "He will bounce back, I think. This won't be a problem for him."

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