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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Complete series cast summary:
...  Ken Reeves 54 episodes, 1978-1981
...  Morris Thorpe 54 episodes, 1978-1981
Byron Stewart ...  Warren Coolidge 54 episodes, 1978-1981
...  Mario 'Salami' Pettrino 54 episodes, 1978-1981
...  Sybil Buchanan 53 episodes, 1978-1981
...  James Hayward 42 episodes, 1978-1981
Nathan Cook ...  Milton Reese 40 episodes, 1978-1981
Ken Michelman ...  Abner Goldstein 40 episodes, 1978-1981
Ira Angustain ...  Ricky Gomez 40 episodes, 1978-1981
Erik Kilpatrick ...  Curtis Jackson 39 episodes, 1978-1980
...  Nick Vitaglia / ... 34 episodes, 1979-1981
Ed Bernard ...  Jim Willis / ... 33 episodes, 1978-1980
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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Can a straight shooter cut it with this bunch of rough, razor-sharp kids from the street? (season 1) See more »

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27 November 1978 (USA)  »

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According to Kevin Hooks, the decision to cancel the show was made abruptly after 15 episodes of Season 3. At least three episodes remain unaired, one in which he was to make his directorial debut, and two others which were to be centered around the characters of Jesse Mitchell (Stoney Jackson) and Eddie Franklin (Art Holliday). 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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Jim Willis: You had it easy sonny boy. You'll never know what it's like have to sit in the back of the bus and then give up your seat to a white man or pee in your pants because you can't find a bathroom that'll take you... Now I know a racist when I see one. And I'm looking at one right now.
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Featured in Black to the Future: Hour 1: The 70s (2009) See more »

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Great Tv Series
14 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

White Shadow series appeared on Turkish tv in the begining of 80's. There were hard days in Turkey in economics and politics areas so this series made the youth happy and provided them different point of view. During this period Turkish basketball life jumped to upper level.This improving in basketball has still carried on in these days. White Shadow had a big influence on basketball and Turkish teen life. Therefore this series has an important place in Turkish social life.


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