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

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

With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivered a punch that nearly killed All-Star Rudy Tomjanovich. The punch-now legendary in the annals of With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happ...

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Title:The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
Author:John Feinstein
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The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever Reviews

  • Chelsea
    Apr 13, 2008

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

  • Steven
    Aug 08, 2007

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

  • Amy
    Jan 29, 2008

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

  • John Diaz
    Dec 11, 2007

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

  • Paul
    Feb 13, 2010

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

    cc: With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivere...

    The Punch was an interesting story. I especially liked how it was from the authors point of view. It was nice learning about how the incident occurred and what it did to Tomjanovich. The story talked about how the fight started and went into depth about how bad Rudy was hurt. It also s...

    This book really does not have a story-line. It is more of a "documentary book" about one night (December 9, 1977)at an NBA Basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Early in the third quarter of the game, an on-court fight broke out, at one point in the ...

    This book needed a much stronger editor. Entire passages repeated throughout the book, it was oddly sequenced, and two of the most interesting aspects were ignored. He did not go into great detail about the actual injury to Tomjanovich, which was gory and different than one would have ...

    I thought I knew the story behind "The Punch" - that thug Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich in a cheap shot and nearly killed him. As it turns out, both are good men (though not wholesome; Tomjanovich battled alcoholism, Washington destroyed his marriage by cheating on his wif...

  • Megan
    Apr 29, 2013

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

  • Garrett Burnett
    Nov 17, 2008

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

  • Jerry Smith
    Mar 23, 2011

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

  • Temoca
    Jan 01, 2010

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

  • Steven Kent
    Jul 30, 2009

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

  • Gary Braham
    Sep 26, 2011

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

  • Ice
    May 12, 2010

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

  • Marc Baldwin
    Nov 23, 2014

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

    cc: With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivere...

    The Punch was an interesting story. I especially liked how it was from the authors point of view. It was nice learning about how the incident occurred and what it did to Tomjanovich. The story talked about how the fight started and went into depth about how bad Rudy was hurt. It also s...

    This book really does not have a story-line. It is more of a "documentary book" about one night (December 9, 1977)at an NBA Basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Early in the third quarter of the game, an on-court fight broke out, at one point in the ...

    This book needed a much stronger editor. Entire passages repeated throughout the book, it was oddly sequenced, and two of the most interesting aspects were ignored. He did not go into great detail about the actual injury to Tomjanovich, which was gory and different than one would have ...

    I thought I knew the story behind "The Punch" - that thug Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich in a cheap shot and nearly killed him. As it turns out, both are good men (though not wholesome; Tomjanovich battled alcoholism, Washington destroyed his marriage by cheating on his wif...

    John Feinstein is as good as they come in sports writing. His retelling of the punch that changed the careers of Rudy T. and Kermit Washington makes you feel like it happened just yesterday, while re-living the 1970/80s NBA (before Magic, Larry, and Michael) is well worth the trip.The ...

    Personally, The Punch is one of my favorite books I have had the chance to read in my high school experience. Since I am a basketball fan, the title itself sparked my interest, as well as the fact that Kermit Washington was involved, who played as forward for my favorite team, the L.A....

    An interesting story that I knew nothing about before I read the book. It's amazing to me how one 5-second incident can affect lives forever. But I think the lesson of the book is that you don't HAVE to let it affect you forever. it is, of course, just the author's take based on his in...

  • Jeremy
    May 19, 2011

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

    cc: With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivere...

    The Punch was an interesting story. I especially liked how it was from the authors point of view. It was nice learning about how the incident occurred and what it did to Tomjanovich. The story talked about how the fight started and went into depth about how bad Rudy was hurt. It also s...

    This book really does not have a story-line. It is more of a "documentary book" about one night (December 9, 1977)at an NBA Basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Early in the third quarter of the game, an on-court fight broke out, at one point in the ...

    This book needed a much stronger editor. Entire passages repeated throughout the book, it was oddly sequenced, and two of the most interesting aspects were ignored. He did not go into great detail about the actual injury to Tomjanovich, which was gory and different than one would have ...

  • Alton
    Jul 22, 2012

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

    cc: With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivere...

    The Punch was an interesting story. I especially liked how it was from the authors point of view. It was nice learning about how the incident occurred and what it did to Tomjanovich. The story talked about how the fight started and went into depth about how bad Rudy was hurt. It also s...

    This book really does not have a story-line. It is more of a "documentary book" about one night (December 9, 1977)at an NBA Basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Early in the third quarter of the game, an on-court fight broke out, at one point in the ...

    This book needed a much stronger editor. Entire passages repeated throughout the book, it was oddly sequenced, and two of the most interesting aspects were ignored. He did not go into great detail about the actual injury to Tomjanovich, which was gory and different than one would have ...

    I thought I knew the story behind "The Punch" - that thug Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich in a cheap shot and nearly killed him. As it turns out, both are good men (though not wholesome; Tomjanovich battled alcoholism, Washington destroyed his marriage by cheating on his wif...

    John Feinstein is as good as they come in sports writing. His retelling of the punch that changed the careers of Rudy T. and Kermit Washington makes you feel like it happened just yesterday, while re-living the 1970/80s NBA (before Magic, Larry, and Michael) is well worth the trip.The ...

  • Jason Ferry
    Apr 30, 2013

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

  • Courtney Skelton
    Aug 10, 2014

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

  • Ceashia Miller
    Oct 10, 2013

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

  • Eddy Allen
    Mar 29, 2014

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

    cc: With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivere...

  • Keely Criswell
    Aug 15, 2014

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

  • Caitlin EVHS Ng
    Feb 06, 2015

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

    cc: With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivere...

    The Punch was an interesting story. I especially liked how it was from the authors point of view. It was nice learning about how the incident occurred and what it did to Tomjanovich. The story talked about how the fight started and went into depth about how bad Rudy was hurt. It also s...

    This book really does not have a story-line. It is more of a "documentary book" about one night (December 9, 1977)at an NBA Basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Early in the third quarter of the game, an on-court fight broke out, at one point in the ...

    This book needed a much stronger editor. Entire passages repeated throughout the book, it was oddly sequenced, and two of the most interesting aspects were ignored. He did not go into great detail about the actual injury to Tomjanovich, which was gory and different than one would have ...

    I thought I knew the story behind "The Punch" - that thug Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich in a cheap shot and nearly killed him. As it turns out, both are good men (though not wholesome; Tomjanovich battled alcoholism, Washington destroyed his marriage by cheating on his wif...

    John Feinstein is as good as they come in sports writing. His retelling of the punch that changed the careers of Rudy T. and Kermit Washington makes you feel like it happened just yesterday, while re-living the 1970/80s NBA (before Magic, Larry, and Michael) is well worth the trip.The ...

    Personally, The Punch is one of my favorite books I have had the chance to read in my high school experience. Since I am a basketball fan, the title itself sparked my interest, as well as the fact that Kermit Washington was involved, who played as forward for my favorite team, the L.A....

  • Marlo
    Oct 22, 2014

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

  • Jay
    Dec 13, 2015

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

  • Keon Morrison
    Nov 19, 2015

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

  • Rajaa Holly
    Nov 16, 2015

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

  • Ryan Saulnier
    Oct 25, 2016

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    Oct 25, 2016

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

  • Elias Hansen
    Sep 28, 2017

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

  • Jonathan Varghese
    Jan 02, 2018

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

    cc: With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivere...

    The Punch was an interesting story. I especially liked how it was from the authors point of view. It was nice learning about how the incident occurred and what it did to Tomjanovich. The story talked about how the fight started and went into depth about how bad Rudy was hurt. It also s...

  • Tylerburton97
    May 22, 2014

    the best and only sports-oriented book i've ever read. so, with that in mind, i would highly recommend this engrossing book. good read for a sociologist, historian, social justice oriented mind. the timing of this historical event is very relevant to the story, but it's also about two ...

    One act of senseless violence changes everything...for the two men involved and professional sports. Rarely does a single act have such wide repercussions. ...

    One cold December night in 1977, the sports world would be rocked to its core. It was about two weeks into the 1977-1978 NBA season, and the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers were involved in a close, chippy game. Near the beginning of the second half a small skirmish erupted. Soo...

    A very interesting, eventful, detailed book based on a true story in December of 1977. This book takes place in Los Angeles, California in an NBA game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets. About 1 minute into the third quarter, a fight broke out between the two teams. Rockets ...

    "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and hoping the other guy gets sick." That was basketball legend Rudy Tomjanovich learned on one of the darkest nights in NBA history. The Houston Rockets were playing the L.A. Lakers. Kermit Washington, an L.A. Laker hired largely as an o...

    I loved this book. I think the author did a fine job of presenting both perspectives while showing the requisite sympathy for Rudy T. ...

    In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled ...

    In the book The Punch, by John Feinstein, a life changing fight breaks out during a Los Angeles Lakers vs Houston Rockets basketball game. In the month of December, in 1977, L.A. Lakers power forward Kermit Washington sent a near death blow to Rudy Tomjanovich?s face. The sound of th...

    Book Review By : Ceashia Miller Book Title: The Punch Book Author : John Feinstein Main Idea - The main idea of this book , is to explain what had actually taken place between Tom & Kermit during their NBA career. Attention Grabber - Did you know that the force of t...

    Such a good book. I read this a while ago, but basically this book is about the worst fight ever in NBA history, in 1977, in a game between the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA was rampant with fights and drugs at the time, and this was kind of the culmination of the esc...

    I'm not a huge basketball fan. But this story sounded interesting enough, and I always like reading about how professional sports were played in earlier times. John Feinstein is such a good storyteller. This book could have been a newspaper or magazine article, but John does what he do...

    What did I think of "THE PUNCH"? I think this is a okay book. This book taught me a lot of stuff about the NBA. This book was about the event that changed basketball. This book is a explanation for a lot of things. This book is something I could have read again based on the quality of...

    The Punch by John Feinstein is about one fight changed basketball forever. One night in 1977 a fight broke out on the Court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovich and almost killed him. The punch is now known as soon as you b...

    On 12/9/77 in a game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, an altercation began Kermit Washington and Kevin Kunnert, as was quite common during that era. While running in the direction of the altercation, Rudy Tomjanovich was struck with a punch by Kermit Washington. ...

    Although I love sports in general, basketball is one that really leaves me cold. Freakishly talented and physically imposing as these athletes are, I can't get motivated to follow the game, especially the NBA However Feinstein is a very good writer and spins out the tale of the infa...

    A well-written and engrossing look at one moment that changed the lives not only of the two men involved, but as the title suggests, the entire sport of basketball. Feinstein did a great job of looking at the context of the punch, not just the one moment that gets shown every time t...

    When I first glanced at this book I thought it would be more of a fiction story, but as I started reading the book, I realized its written more like a true story because it did not have much of a story line. The story was about a NBA basketball game on December 9th, 1977. The two teams...

    I'm a sucker for good sports writing, so I feel like The Punch kind of sucker punched me. Obviously my expectations were too high. I guess you can't have The Perfect Mile every time. During a game in 1977 between the Lakers and the Rockets, Kermit Washington punched Rudy Tomjanovic...

    I read The Punch, by John Feinstein. This true story tells the story of a single play that changed the game of basketball forever. This moment also changed the lives of both participants during the play drastically. The book gives a detailed insight into the lives of these men before,...

    As a power forward for the Los Angeles Lakers in the mid- to late '70s, Kermit Washington was the type of player whose value couldn't be measured in numbers. As a 6'8", 240-pound block of muscle, he dutifully cleaned up the boards and threw in the occasional short-range bucket, but he ...

    John Feinstein has written not only a great basketball book, but a great sports book. In great detail, he shows a how in a matter of a only a few seconds, changed the landscape of sports forever. He chronicles both the before and after with both of the two involved, Rudy Tomjanovich an...

    I cried in the first five pages. Then proceeded to cry throughout the next thirty...I am speechless about the severity, the life changing event for Washington and Tomjanovich and then other people in and around this one moment, the ultimate wrong place at the wrong time and bad, bad lu...

    cc: With unerring insight into the deeper truths of professional sports, John Feinstein explores in riveting detail what happened one night in December 1977 when, as a fistfight broke out on the court between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kermit Washington delivere...

    The Punch was an interesting story. I especially liked how it was from the authors point of view. It was nice learning about how the incident occurred and what it did to Tomjanovich. The story talked about how the fight started and went into depth about how bad Rudy was hurt. It also s...

    This book really does not have a story-line. It is more of a "documentary book" about one night (December 9, 1977)at an NBA Basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. Early in the third quarter of the game, an on-court fight broke out, at one point in the ...