When a professional athlete busts his knee, there are a few vocational routes to take. There's sports commentary, the autobiography business, personal appearances at used car lot grand openings, and the lecture circuitall careers that A.E. Housman may have been thinking of when he wrote his poem "To An Athlete Dying Young." But more than all of those other post-athletic activities, there's coaching, shaping young talent with the wisdom accrued in years of experience.
Fictional Chicago Bulls forward Ken Reeves was talked into the latter career by his old friend and teammate Jim Willis, and that was the premise behind TV's White Shadow. Jim was a principal at Los Angeles' Carver High School, nestled right inside an inner-city, working-class neighborhood and though Reeves was new to the world of clipboards and de facto paternal responsibilities, coaching soon appeared to be his true calling. STARRING KEN HOWARD THEME BY MIKE POST