A white former NBA professional retires from the pro game and gets a job as a basketball coach in a predominantly black inner-city high school.

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Byron Stewart ...
 Warren Coolidge 54 episodes, 1978-1981
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 Mario 'Salami' Pettrino 54 episodes, 1978-1981
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 Sybil Buchanan 53 episodes, 1978-1981
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 James Hayward 42 episodes, 1978-1981
Nathan Cook ...
 Milton Reese 40 episodes, 1978-1981
Ken Michelman ...
 Abner Goldstein 40 episodes, 1978-1981
Ira Angustain ...
Erik Kilpatrick ...
 Curtis Jackson 39 episodes, 1978-1980
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 Nick Vitaglia / ... 34 episodes, 1979-1981
Ed Bernard ...
Russell Phillip Robinson ...
 Manager Phil Jefferson / ... 25 episodes, 1979-1980
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Ken Reeves was a professional basketball player who had to retire because of injuries. Against his sister Katie's advice, Ken takes a job as the basketball coach at Carver High School in Los Angeles, a tough, mixed-race school. Jim Willis, Ken's friend, was the principal for the first two seasons and was replaced by Sybil Buchanan, the former vice-principal, in the third year. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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A glad, sad, funny story for everyone who has needed a second chance. Starring Ken Howard (season 1) See more »

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27 November 1978 (USA)  »

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The original telecast of the first half of the Season 2 episode "The Death of Me Yet" was shown with no commercial interruptions, up to the point where Curtis Jackson (Erik Kilpatrick) was killed. See more »

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Ken Reeves' NBA career is referred to several times in the series, but the number of years and the teams he played on seem to change each time. For instance, he tells reporter Sally Adams in "The Offer" that he was in the Chicago Bulls' starting lineup for 10 seasons. In "Wanna Bet", street hustler Bobby Magum remembers Reeves playing for Chicago, Denver, and Milwaukee. Finally, in "Little Orphan Abner", he tells Abner Goldstein's grandparents he spent the last six years of his career with the Bulls. See more »

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Morris Thorpe: [a new kid shows up wearing a basketball letter jacket] Relax, that jacket said Montana. There can't be more than three high schools in the whole territory.
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Featured in Black to the Future: Hour 1: The 70s (2009) See more »

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Telling it Like it Is
11 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

This had to be one of the most accurate portrayals of inner city life ever made. This show dealt with it all, drugs, gangs, sex and even death. The second season was to me its peak. You got to see the losers become winners, but not without paying a price. Thorpe infecting Coolige's girlfriend with syphilis (predating the AIDS crisis), a player dying of a brain hemorrhage during practice and the most heartbreaking moment, Jackson getting murdered on the eve of the team winning the city championship. But, the most amazing thing is that this would be the breeding ground for two of the finest directors around, Thomas Carter and Kevin Hooks. Bruce Paltrow not only was a genius director, but he was also a professor and his charges learned well and became great on their own.


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