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John Feinstein

Originally posted December 2002

The Punch

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One punch, thrown during one fight during one basketball game one night in December 1977 fundamentally changed the NBA -- and nearly ruined two careers. Veteran sportswriter John Feinstein tells the story of the infamous punch by Kermit Washington of the L-A Lakers that nearly killed Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets.

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John Feinstein is the bestselling author of Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, Open, The Punch, The Last Amateurs, The Majors, A Good Walk Spoiled, A Civil War, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, Hard Courts, and two novels. He writes for Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis Magazine and Basketball America and commentates on NPR and CBS.

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