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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 (0 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:
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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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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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). "

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