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The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
Title | The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
Author | John Feinstein
Type | Book
Rating | 8
Notes | 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 careers, the scuffle never settled as a dusty bit of NBA trivia. Instead, it nearly superseded both men's notable achievements. The history of that punch (it could not, by any standards, be considered a fight) and the fate of the two men are the subjects of John Feinstein's The Punch.
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Comments | [12/22/02] This revealing book is not so much about retelling the "incident that changed the NBA" as it is a cathartic, soul searching piece that gives participants in this incredible incident (from sports writer Thomas Bonk to the Rockets trainer to the doctors to players John Lucas, Calvin Murphy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and finally Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington) a chance to let out their feelings and emotions. I think, however, the most revealing aspect of this book is it gives the reader a glimpse of what the NBA was really like in the 70's and very early 80's. This is not as good a book as "Season on the Brink" (my all-time favorite sports book) ... but it is definitely worth reading. Bert "The Big Kahuna"
Rating | 8

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