The knockout punch that Kermit Washington leveled Rudy Tomjanovich with during a December 1977 game between the LosAngelesLakers and HoustonRockets remains one of the most devastating, horrific on-court incidents in NBA history. Tomjanovich suffered a fractured skull and almost died because of the point-blank roundhouse punch. The league hit Washington with a 60-day suspension. In today’s NBA, that kind of punch could have cost him the season.
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