The Punch by John Feinstein
One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever

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When an on-court fight broke out between the Houston Rockets and the LA Lakers just before Christmas 1977, Rudy Tomjanovitch raced to break it up. He was met by Kermit Washington's fist. This is the story of how one punch changed two lives, the NBA and how we think about basketball, forever.

About John Feinstein

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JOHN FEINSTEIN is the author of many bestselling books, including A Season on the Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled. His books for young readers offer a winning combination of sports, action, and intrigue, with Last Shot receiving the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best young adult mystery of the year. He lives in Potomac, Maryland, and Shelter Island, New York, with his family.
Published November 5, 2002 by Little, Brown and Company. 384 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In 1977, during a minor skirmish, Los Angeles Laker Kermit Washington turned, punched, and hit the approaching Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets squarely in the face.

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But Feinstein never explains her reaction to the punch, nor does he get any reaction from the Washington and Tomjanovich children.

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"The Punch" will probably race up sales charts and find a wide audience among those who love sports, but those who don't share that passion will find the book equally engrossing.

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