Of course this all changed on December 9, 1977 when Tomjanovich received the most famous right cross in sports history from Kermit Washington. The blow left Tomjanovich with life threatening injuries and the melee caused the NBA to restructure their rules around altercations. Rudy T did come back and made the fifth of his final All-Star game appearances. He retired soon after and that is the question we must ponder as what might have been.
That "what ifs" were as a player, as Tomjanovich would go on to be an Assistant Coach and Head Coach for the Rockets. He would lead his team to an NBA Championship in both 1994 and 1995, and on the International level, he took the United States to a win at the Olympics. Tomjanovich would be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Coach in 2020, but remember this is a player's list, and you can enter the Hall as both a player and a coach/contributor.