Kevin Ware OK'd for trip to Atlanta

Updated: April 3, 2013, 11:25 PM ET
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Louisville's Kevin Ware has been cleared to travel with the team to Atlanta for Saturday's national semifinal against Wichita State.

Ware was candid and emotional speaking in a Wednesday morning interview with ESPN's Rece Davis in Louisville, his first on camera since sustaining compound fractures of his tibia Sunday in the first half of a 85-63 win over Duke in the Midwest Regional. He underwent surgery and was expected to be out a year.

Ware, crying momentarily near the beginning of the interview as he began to recall the event and reaction of his teammates and coach Rick Pitino, said making the trip wouldn't differ from his previous experience on the road with the team.

Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva
Brian Spurlock/USA TODAY SportsLouisville players Chane Behanan and Peyton Siva react emotionally to a gruesome leg injury suffered by teammate Kevin Ware during Sunday's Elite Eight game against Duke.

"It's going to be how it was before the injury, honestly, you know," Ware said. "It's all business. We'll have fun and celebrate. A lot of the guys are still trying to get over the fact of me being out, not being able to play. But I told them, 'You all are going to be hearing the same out of me.' "

Ware said he was told his injury was determined to be a freak accident.

"The full force of me jumping so high and not seeing where I was landing caused the actual break," he said. "That's really all I got out of it."

Later Wednesday in a news conference, Ware said he was asked by medical personnel whether he had ever had any shin problems, which he said he hadn't.

Ware said, in the event Louisville won the national championship, he wouldn't hesitate in helping cut down the net.

"I just want to win at this point," Ware said in the interview with ESPN. "That would mean so much more to me than anything."

The sophomore guard returned to campus Tuesday afternoon after being released from an Indianapolis hospital, two days after millions watched him break his right leg on a horrifying play trying to block a shot.

"The most important thing to me is he's going to be fine again some day, he's going to play basketball" Pitino told ESPN's Davis in an interview also recorded Wednesday. "As long as I know that, everything's going to be fine."

Ware was adamant that he would never view footage of the play nor would he desire to.

"That's just one of those things I'll never want to see," Ware said. "Like when you're a kid and you've got that scary movie that you never want to see. That's just going to be like one of those nightmares I never want to face.

"It happened, and it's in the past, but I've seen the picture. But honestly I don't want to see it. There wouldn't be anything in me -- you couldn't pay me all the money in the world to see it."

Adidas has made a shirt that says "Ri5e to the occassion," using Ware's jersey number, for Louisville to wear during warm-ups for the Final Four. Louisville associate athletic director Brent Seebohm said the university waived any licensing royalties, so it will not make any profit from the shirts' production. Adidas will donate a portion of the shirt's sales university's scholarship fund.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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