The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
The Punch One Night Two Lives and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever Author:John Feinstein When a fight broke out between the Houston Rockets and the L.A. Lakers one night in 1977, All-Star Rudy Tomjanovich raced to break it up. Unfortunately for Rudy, he ran into Kermit Washington, a good player with a great reputation, and one of the most ferocious punches ever seen in sports. — The punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull, and he was... more » never the same player after. Now he's head coach for the Rockets and coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 2000. In the years since the fight, every team in the NBA has turned Washington away.
With his unique insight, style, and bone-deep knowledge of basketball, John Feinstein finally reveals the truth of that night and all the years after. Through this one cataclysmic event he casts a light on the NBA's darkest secrets, exploring race, conspiracy, violence, and how one mistake has haunted two good men for 25 years.« less
Yes, this book has a few flaws in the writing, but it is so easy to look past them as you are drawn into this true story of "The Punch" that was so devistating it still haunts 2 mens so many years later. During a basketball game a fight broke out and one man was damaged forever. I found this read to be very engrossing, i'm glad i decided to read it even with the few flaws that it contained, the story was mesmorizing.