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Pitino: Kevin Ware Might Not See Game Action Until 2014

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Speaking at the Mohegan Sun during Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame pre-induction festivities, Rick Pitino stated once again that Kevin Ware won't be rushed back on the court before he's ready.

"I don't think Kevin will step on the court early in the season,'' Pitino told ESPN.com. "He will just start playing basketball in October. He'll start working out. He's almost completely healed but he hasn't stepped on the court since last March so it's going to take some time. I'm looking more like it's going to be second semester for him to be 100 percent or close to it.''

Classes for U of L's spring semester begin Jan. 6, 2014.

Pitino also spoke about Ware earlier in the week, saying that restoring confidence will be a huge issue in the junior's recovery.

"It's going to be a while before Kevin gets on the basketball court," Pitino said. "This is a very serious injury. We're going to take our time. I'm not saying we're going to redshirt him, but we're going to take our time. It's a very serious injury and he's going to have to get his confidence back.

"I don't think it will be as bad as Luke or Wayne's injury. He won't get on the court until mid-October, and then come mid-October we'll see what he can do."