Kermit Washington Punching Rudy Tomjanovich

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The Punch: How An Infamous Moment In Houston Sports Changed Basketball Forever

Posted on · On Dec. 9, 1977, Rockets forward Rudy Tomjanovich was punched in the face during a fight in a game against the Lakers. Beyond the severe injuries the blow caused, writer John Feinstein talks about how the incident changed two lives -- and the -- NBA forever.