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Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and other NBA players show support for injured Louisville player

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013

Kevin Ware is checked on by his Louisville teammates. / AP photo by Darron Cummings

By Anthony Slater – - @anthonyVslater

The gruesome leg injury to Louisville’s Kevin Ware gave us a quick case study on the positives and negatives of social media.

Immediately after, a variety of Twitter profiles popped up, falsely depicting Kevin Ware and effectively fooling plenty of intelligent people (many of which presumably had the same rational thought: Why would anyone do that?).

Whether it was for attention or had cruel intentions, the false profiles were eventually identified as such. And now, a day after the fact, it seems that the Twitter world has finally located the real Kevin Ware account (@_billionairebev if you’re interested).

And because of that, we can get a quick peak into the benefits that can come from such a innovative social tool.

Plenty of people reached out to support Ware in the immediate aftermath, including various athletes and celebrities.

And here are some of the ones that likely helped lift Ware’s spirits the most, a group of All-Stars and MVP candidates from the league he hopes to one day play in:

Here’s a direct message sent from Kevin Durant, originally directed to a fake account, but eventually relayed to Ware:

Also, Kobe had some trouble identifying the right account (and wasn’t too pleased about it, providing us with a brief and hilarious soap box), but eventually got through to Ware:

In all, despite the unfortunate circumstances, Ware is sure to remember the outpouring of support from everybody, particularly his basketball heroes.

And despite its potential pitfalls, social media can be thanked for some of that.

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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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