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Download The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Feinstein Narrator: Richard M. Davidson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2004 ISBN:
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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 when 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 Tomjanovich 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 5/12/2011

    " I THINK THIS BOOK IS A BOMB.... I LOVE BASKETBALL... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack | 11/16/2010

    " Good story, but a bit repetitious. Says the same things too many times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 10/11/2010

    " I remember this incident indelibly. So when I saw the book I had to read it. It was great to learn how this event affected the participants and ultimately the game itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 9/5/2010

    " Certainly gave me a better understanding of the NBA, notably of why David Stern acts so impulsively when it comes to metting discipline (at the time of the infamous fight and subsequent suspensions, he was legal counsel to the league before becoming Commissioner). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rod | 6/15/2010

    " Very interesting as we see the macro view from a focus on a singular event. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cristobal | 12/20/2009

    " i was looking forward to reading this book, but ended up being disappointed over all. not because of the story, but rather, it seemed as though it was 100 pages too muchtalk about mailing it in. often, it felt as though a lot of information was repeated just to make the book longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 12/9/2009

    " Excellent book, and a nice summer read. It's not deep, with dense material, but it is engaging, and very enjoyable! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 10/28/2009

    " an historical moment in our times. Great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 9/7/2009

    " Well researched, and well written. Interesting story around a tragic event in the NBA back in 1977 and how it affected the lives of those involved. Might be too much basketball info if you're not really a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 8/8/2009

    " This book looks at an incident between Kermit Washington and Rudy T. How this event that happened between these two people altered both of their lives. "

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About the Author
Author John Feinstein

John Feinstein is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me?, Living on the Black, Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, and others. He has also written four sports-mystery novels for young readers. He writes for the Washington Post, Golf Digest, Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis magazine, Basketball America, and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.

About the Narrator

Richard M. Davidson is an actor and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he is well versed in theater and has had a long-standing career in acting, including a lead role in the show Diamonds, which aired on the CBS network, and a part in ESPN’s The Hustle.