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In the early days of the NBA, teams had their stars and their "enforcers." Enforcers such as Washington protected star players on the court with their willingness to mix it up. With concise prose, Feinstein reports on this era, following strings of trades, drafts, and personal relationships to their nexus. Those who do not think about basketball on a statistical level may occasionally find themselves lost, but Feinstein, ever conscious of his subject, ties the tangents neatly to the core of the scuffle that led to the infamous punch.
Thorough and thoughtful, Feinstein does not make any excuses, nor does he vilify. He simply traces the web of both men's lives back to their adolescent years when it was not about the NBA, nor the punch, but about the game. Anyone who has ever wondered about these two men, or the history of the NBA, will want to read this book. --Karin Rosman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Like a lot of his work, this book is redundant, reductive, melodramatic and shallow.
Of course, Feinstein's work never really qualifies as fine literature, but he's usually a very good sports journalist.
And although they have not met or spoken at length since 1977, Tomjanovich characterizes Washington as his "brother."
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... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Corkasaurus
Interesting, well-written and thoroughly researched. I've read many of his books and this is a another good one. Lots of insight from everyone involved.Published 3 months ago by Robert Lafferty
Excellent work by celebrated sports writer. Feinstein really covers this fascinating topic from every conceivable angle. You will enjoy reading this book.Published 5 months ago by Richard Goldstein
The incident has faded much more into history in the 11 years since the book was published, and particularly since Rudy T has retired. Read morePublished 14 months ago by T. Burket
Now, I finally know the when, what, who, how and why of this story. All sports fan should read this book.Published 15 months ago by Randy Held
This book was recommended to me by a coworker who thought the lessons of the life-long impact of an incident, and how they dealt with it, on two different people would be... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Elizabeth
This book by John Feinstein is well-written and exposes the dark side of the NBA in the 1970's. The NBA was plagued by violent bench-clearing brawls before the game was cleaned up. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Battleship
I agree with prior reviews that the book contains quotes that are repeated later in the book. In general however, i found the book interesting and informative.Published on February 22, 2012 by S. Selsavage
This book examines one of the most violent incidents in sports history. On December 9, 1977, Kermit Washington of the LA Lakers punched Rudy Tomjanovich of the Houston Rockets as... Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by K.A.Goldberg