The White Shadow

A Silent Cheer

Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 10/15/79
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  • Episode Description
  • Reeves takes on a new player who is deaf and, in the meantime, begins working out to try to return to the NBA.

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Mengatti

    Nick Vitaglia (1979-1981)

  • Ed Bernard

    Jim Willis (1978-1980)

  • Joan Pringle

    Sybil Buchanan

  • Ken Howard

    Ken Reeves

  • Kevin Hooks

    Morris Thorpe

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Willis: Well, remember, them that can do, learn. Them that can't, teach! Reeves: And them that can't learn or teach, administrate!

    • Reeves: There's something I want to talk to you about... Willis: I already know. Forrester called me when he got into town. I knew before you did. Reeves: Well, there's nothing definite. I still have to try out. Willis: When will you know? Reeves: This weekend. (Awkward pause, Willis is obviously not happy.) Reeves: Well, what do you think? Willis: I think you're a damn fool! Reeves: Don't feel you have to tread lightly or anything... Willis: You're 35 years old, Ken! Reeves: You're kidding! Willis: You know, I just never figured you to be so greedy. Reeves: What do you mean, greedy? Willis: You had good years. Couldn't settle for that. You know, you're like some punch-drunk fighter with a bell in his head instead of a brain! Reeves: I know I'm no Julius Erving... Willis: Julius Erving, hell! You're not even Kenny Reeves anymore! Reeves: I really appreciate your support, Willis. Willis: Would I be a friend if I encouraged you to make a spectacle of yourself? You're gonna be subbing for some kid who was in fifth grade when you first turned pro! And, now you're gonna be carrying his bags?

    • Reeves: Dreams die hard, but they die a lot easier if you kill'em off yourself.

    Notes (1)

    • Larry Farmer played college basketball at UCLA and was a member of three consecutive NCAA championship teams from 1971-1973. He was a two-year starter at small forward and played alongside Bill Walton. UCLA was 89-1 during his playing career. Farmer would go on to become a Bruins assistant coach and replaced Larry Brown as head coach in 1983.

    Trivia (2)

    • During Reeves' tryout game, Forrester calls out a score of "10-8, Reeves", after which Reeves hits a basket, which means Reeves should have 11. However, in the very next shot, when Selridge has the ball, Forrester calls out "12-10, Selridge."

    • Jeff Simpson (Glenn Michael Jones) is the only "extra" Carver player to get in a game during the run of the series and be seen scoring a basket. In "Mainstream" in season 1, Thomas got in the game, but we never found out if his shot at the end went in.

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