Rick Pitino says Kevin Ware could be back by October

After suffering such an unthinkably gruesome injury in March, could Kevin Ware be back on the court seven months later?

Louisville Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said Tuesday it's possible. At a press conference that detailed a lot of offseason catch-up for the school -- including a forthcoming auction of the team's Final Four floor for charity -- Pitino said Ware's rehab has been encouraging. The 20-year-old Ware, who will be a junior next season, broke his right leg in Louisville's Elite Eight game against Duke.

"He's just riding the bike, and you can almost see from the X-rays the bone healing," Pitino said. "I'd say in another month he'll be healed and then he'll start working out a little bit."

The injury was a catalyst for the Cardinals' championship run that culminated in Atlanta. Ware received nationwide fame over his misfortune, including appearances on morning talk shows and an invitation to the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

In recent weeks Ware has gone from riding a bike to taking shots in Louisville's practice gym.

It's pretty inspiring, to be honest. And Ware's return, whenever it happens, will create a goosebumps-inducing scene at the Cardinals' home base, KFC Yum! Center. There will be many stories leading up to what should be a great 2013-14 season for college basketball, but few will bring anticipation or emotion like Ware's return to college hoops.

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