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The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever

2 Ratings: 2.0
A book by John Feinstein

In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's … see full wiki

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Author: John Feinstein
Publisher: Little, Brown
2 reviews about The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the...
review by . February 08, 2003
The Punch is a book that deals with an unfortunate sports incident and how the media blows up the incident. In 1977 I was a high school student and noted how the game of basketball was changing into more of a contact sport. Each team seemed to have a big brute of a power forward whose main role was to be the intimidator and protect the star players. Fights were occuring a bit more frequently in games starting with the Darryl Dawkins/Maurice Lucas match in the previous years NBA championship. Fines …
review by . November 14, 2002
Having read and admired several of Feinstein's earlier works (notably A Good Walk Spoiled, A Season on the Brink, and The Majors), I was eager to read this account of an event which occurred on December 9, 1977, when Kermit Washington threw a punch at Rudy Tomjanovich during an otherwise forgettable NBA game. I seriously doubt if that incident "changed basketball forever" but it certainly had a great impact (no pun intended) on Washington and Tomjanovich. In my opinion, Feinstein's greatest challenge …
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