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

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

John Feinstein

Tearing open the deepest wound in professional sports, Feinstein uncovers the secrets of the NBA before and after that fateful moment in December of 1977 whe the face of professional hoops was changed forever. It was a chilly December evening and the Los Angeles Coliseum was buzzing as the Lakers hosted the Houston Rockets. As two players, Houston's Rudy Tomajanovich and LA's Kermit Washington were warming up, they were unaware their lives were about to be destroyed. The game began and as Tomjanovich trailed a play up the court, a small skirmish broke out between Washington and another Rocket player. Dropping the ball, Tomjanovich approached the tussling men hoping to break up the fight and resume the game. But instead, his face met the powerful fist of Kermit Washington. The punch, so brutal on impact, left most of the bones in Tomjanovich's face broken and spinal fluid leaking from cracked vertebrae. Although he nearly died, Tomjanovich recovered from his injuries. But his game was never the same. After a two month suspension, Washington retook the court but had lost his touch. His snap reaction had irrevocably killed two careers--and the way the NBA played basketball forever.

Tearing open the deepest wound in professional sports, Feinstein uncovers the secrets of the NBA before and after that fateful moment in December of 1977 whe the face of professional hoops was changed forever. It was a chilly December evening and the Los Angeles Coliseum was buzzing as the Lakers hosted the Houston Rockets. As two players, Houston's Rudy Tomajanovich and LA's Kermit Washington were warming up, they were unaware their lives were about to be destroyed. The game began and as Tomjanovich trailed a play up the court, a small skirmish broke out between Washington and another Rocket player. Dropping the ball, Tomjanovich approached the tussling men hoping to break up the fight and resume the game. But instead, his face met the powerful fist of Kermit Washington. The punch, so brutal on impact, left most of the bones in Tomjanovich's face broken and spinal fluid leaking from cracked vertebrae. Although he nearly died, Tomjanovich recovered from his injuries. But his game was never the same. After a two month suspension, Washington retook the court but had lost his touch. His snap reaction had irrevocably killed two careers--and the way the NBA played basketball forever.
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Tearing open the deepest wound in professional sports, Feinstein uncovers the secrets of the NBA before and after that fateful moment in December of 1977 whe the face of professional hoops was changed forever. It was a chilly December evening and the Los Angeles Coliseum was buzzing as the Lakers hosted the Houston Rockets. As two players, Houston's Rudy Tomajanovich and LA's Kermit Washington were warming up, they were unaware their lives were about to be destroyed. The game began and as Tomjanovich trailed a play up the court, a small skirmish broke out between Washington and another Rocket player. Dropping the ball, Tomjanovich approached the tussling men hoping to break up the fight and resume the game. But instead, his face met the powerful fist of Kermit Washington. The punch, so brutal on impact, left most of the bones in Tomjanovich's face broken and spinal fluid leaking from cracked vertebrae. Although he nearly died, Tomjanovich recovered from his injuries. But his game was never the same. After a two month suspension, Washington retook the court but had lost his touch. His snap reaction had irrevocably killed two careers--and the way the NBA played basketball forever.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Richard Davidson

Length:

12h 40m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

26:30


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

42:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

35:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

35:21


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

31:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

29:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

26:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

46:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

44:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

43:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

37:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

38:25


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

35:14


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

38:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

28:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

29:32


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

31:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

10:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:14