ONE PUNCH

September/09/2013

ONE PUNCH FROM THE PROMISED LAND: LEON SPINKS, MICHAEL SPINKS, AND THE MYTH OF THE HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

One Punch from the Promised Land is the definitive story of Leon and Michael Spinks and a cross-examination of heavyweight boxing in 20th century America. Tandem provides the authors John Florio (author of the novel, Sugar Pop Moon) and Ouisie Shapiro (a five-time Emmy-winning writer and producer of sports documentaries) communications and PR services in promotion of this powerful work.

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DEON THOMPSON

DEON THOMPSON

Unicaja Malaga (Spain)
  • German League (BLL) Championship (2014)
  • First Team All-German League (2013)
  • Starter on German Cup Championship Team, Alba Berlin (2013)
  • Slovenian Cup MVP, Union Olimpija (2012)
  • Starter on NCAA Championship Team, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009)
  • All-Time ACC Leader, Games Played (152)

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BRANDAN WRIGHT

BRANDAN WRIGHT

Free Agent
  • #8 overall pick in 2007 NBA Draft
  • ACC Freshman of the Year and Second-Team All-ACC (2007)
  • Fifth freshman in ACC history to be named the MVP of the Conference Tournament
  • Only three-time winner of Tennessee’s “Mr. Basketball” title in state high school history
  • In his fifth NBA season (2012-13) Brandan ranked first on the Dallas Mavericks with a 21.0 PER and first in the league for field goal percentage between 16-23 feet (55.0%)

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ALANA BEARD

ALANA BEARD

Retired
  • Back-to-back WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018)
  • 2016 WNBA Champion with the LA Sparks
  • 4x WNBA All-Star (2005-07, 2009)
  • Bronze Medalist in 2006 World Championship
  • #2 overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft
  • In four years at Duke University, Alana set a school scoring record of 2,687 points and became the first NCAA basketball player to amass over 2,600 career points, 500 assists and 400 steals
  • WBCA High School All-American (2000)

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JOHN HENSON

JOHN HENSON

Free Agent
  • 2x ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012) during his three-year career at UNC
  • 2012 First-Team All-ACC
  • Ranked third among all NBA rookies in 2012-13 with a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 18.30
  • In a game against the Orlando Magic, John scored 17 points, blocked seven shots and collected 25 rebounds – the only players to reach these marks in a single game over the last 28 years are Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Dikembe Mutombo
  • National Ambassador for non-profit Up2Us

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MARVIN WILLIAMS

MARVIN WILLIAMS

Retired
  • #2 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2006)
  • In his only collegiate season at UNC (2005), Marvin was named the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and won the NCAA Championship
  • Parade and McDonald’s All-American (2004)

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JEREMY LIN

JEREMY LIN

Beijing Ducks (China)
  • NBA Champion (2019)
  • Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” (2012)
  • First NBA player from the Ivy League (Harvard) in a decade
  • First Chinese-American player in NBA history
  • Broke the NBA record for points scored through first 5 career starts with 136
  • Named the first-ever “Social Breakout Player of the Year” by NBA TV for his soaring popularity on Twitter, Facebook and Chinese social media
  • Named one of 12 “Houston Heroes” by the Houston Chronicle for the impact made by the Jeremy Lin Foundation and its inaugural Making A Difference Project
  • Finalist for the 2011-12 NBA Sportsmanship Award
  • The documentary Linsanity chronicling Jeremy’s meteoric rise to the NBA elite has been accepted into major international film festivals including: Sundance, SXSW, Hong Kong International Film Festival and Hawaii International Film Festival.
  • Learn more at https://www.jlin7.com/ and https://www.jeremylinfoundation.org/

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TIM DUNCAN

TIM DUNCAN

Assistant Coach, San Antonio Spurs
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020
  • Tied with Michael Jordan for fifth-most All-Star selections in NBA history (14); named All-Star MVP in 2000
  • Drafted first overall in 1997 after leaving Wake Forest as the only player in NCAA history to reach 1,500 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 blocked shots and 200 assists
  • 5x NBA Champion including 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards
  • 2 NBA MVP Awards
  • 14 All-NBA selections (10x First-Team All-NBA)
  • Through 2013-14, Tim has played 17 NBA seasons – all with the San Antonio Spurs
  • No. 21 Jersey Retired by San Antonio Spurs (2016)
  • Learn more at www.slamduncan.com

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TAMIKA CATCHINGS

TAMIKA CATCHINGS

Retired
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020
  • No. 24 Jersey Retired by Indiana Fever (2017)
  • 9x WNBA All-Star
  • WNBA MVP (2011)
  • WNBA Champion and Finals MVP (2012)
  • 4x Olympic Gold Medalist (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  • Only 5x WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in league history
  • NCAA Championship in undefeated season with Tennessee (1997-98)
  • Member of All-Decade Team and All-Time WNBA Top-15 Team
  • President of the WNBA Players Association (2012-2016)
  • WNBA Sportsmanship Award (2010)
  • Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award (2008) for her efforts through the Catch the Stars Foundation in Indianapolis
  • Recorded the first official quintuple-double in basketball history while playing at Duncanville High School (double-digits in five statistical categories during single game)
  • Learn more at catchin24.com/

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GRANT HILL

GRANT HILL

Naismith Memorial Basketball HOF
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2018
  • Only three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award
  • First and only active NBA player to serve on the Board of Governors for the National Basketball Hall of Fame
  • 7x NBA All-Star
  • Olympic Gold Medalist (Atlanta, 1996)
  • Grant became the oldest active player in the NBA during 2012-13 season
  • First rookie in NBA history to rank first overall in voting for the All-Star Game
  • One of 6 NBA players to average 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game through his first 6 NBA seasons – the other 5 are LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Jerry West and Oscar Robertson
  • One of only 17 players in NBA history to top 17,000 career points, 6,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists
  • Received accolades including the Horizon Award presented by the U.S. Congress, the Community Service Award from Variety Children’s Charity and the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for his dedicated efforts to varied social causes
  •  Duke Athletics Hall of Fame (Induction Ceremony September 2016)
  • Learn more at https://www.granthill.com/

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    ONE PUNCH FROM THE PROMISED LAND: LEON SPINKS, MICHAEL SPINKS,

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  • DEON THOMPSON

    DEON THOMPSON Unicaja Malaga (Spain) German League (BLL) Championship (2014)

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  • BRANDAN WRIGHT

    BRANDAN WRIGHT Free Agent #8 overall pick in 2007 NBA

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  • ALANA BEARD

    ALANA BEARD Retired Back-to-back WNBA Defensive Player of the Year

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  • JOHN HENSON

    JOHN HENSON Free Agent 2x ACC Defensive Player of the

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  • MARVIN WILLIAMS

    MARVIN WILLIAMS Retired #2 overall pick in the 2005 NBA

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    JEREMY LIN Beijing Ducks (China) NBA Champion (2019) Named one

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  • TIM DUNCAN

    TIM DUNCAN Assistant Coach, San Antonio Spurs Naismith Memorial Basketball

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  • TAMIKA CATCHINGS

    TAMIKA CATCHINGS Retired Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class

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  • GRANT HILL

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