Basketball” Best & Inspiring Moments

by Buzz Street Times

LCU made a triumphant return, but this time on the hardwood.

Netflix’s docuseries Last Chance U has been one of the best sports series over the past couple of years. But instead of the football field, Last Chance U: Basketball brought viewers to the hardwood.


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It had the same intensity and captured the East Los Angeles College basketball team during the wild and emotional rollercoaster of the 2019-20 season.

Here are some of the best moments of the season:

1.

The life of coach John Mosley


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Mosley is an intense coach, but in a different way from past LCU coaches. The ELAC alum has had an amazing journey and based on him talking about his past, it is easy to see why he coaches the way he does.

2.

Raw reactions to Kobe Bryant’s death.


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The death of Kobe Bryant in 2020 hit basketball fans hard, but I did not even think of how hard it would be for the players of ELAC. It’s one thing to grow up watching Kobe, but another thing to grow up in L.A. and be in the same city the day his helicopter crashed.

It was tough to watch the players wrap their heads around the tragic passing but really emphasizes the raw and real nature of this documentary series.

3.

Deshaun Highler wears his heart on his sleeve.


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With the passing of his mother, Highler admits he is going through the hardest part of his life. He is the leader of the team and has his moments of emotion, but he doesn’t shy away from it.

He might be one of the most interesting people in LCU history.

4.

Coach Mosley’s silent treatment.


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For more than eight minutes, Coach Mosley walked around the court while he made the players wait on the line to run. It was the top moment when it comes to the coach’s unorthodox tactics.

5.

Joe Hampton deals with his emotions in front of the cameras.


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Joe acknowledges he is a “hooper,” not just a “basketball player.”

Even the coaches admit how he doesn’t belong there because he is an NBA-level talent, but he has his moments of outbursts. In this season, he is one of the tougher players to watch deal with his emotions, but he continued to fight through it.

6.

Coach Mosley keeps it real about the time he’s sacrificing for his players.


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Maybe the coach’s most emotional speech was in the weight room.

This was a boiling point for him, exhausted by players that were angry at him. He made a point to say how he missed his son’s game. He demands extra and the best from his players.

7.

“You hit 30 and it’s over.”


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Recruiter and assistant coach Kenneth Hunter was one of the best people to listen to on the show. He gave blunt, honest advice to all the players.

The one that really stuck out was him explaining that, as an athlete, you only get a small window and once you hit 30, there’s no more “trying to make it.” In life, there are plenty of things you can keep working at to succeed, but as a basketball player, the window of opportunity is quite small.

8.

The greatest camping trip in the history of LCU.


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Maybe the most fun episode in the whole series. For the team to find their groove together again, Coach Mosley took them camping.

The shenanigans are worth the price of admission. From impressions to bonding, this was a great time.

9.

“We’re picking out our ring tonight.”


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Maybe the best pre-game speech from the coach, and he saved it for the best game. It seemed everyone played like they were picking out their rings.

10.

The back-and-forth game between ELAC and Allen.


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This game came down to the wire and had that championship feel to it. A missed three off of good defense won the game for ELAC, and unfortunately, was their final win of the season.

11.

Game over.


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That moment on the bus was tough and the locker room speech from Mosley was even tougher. This felt like ELAC’s storybook season, but the playoffs were called off due to the lockdown. There are no runbacks and now everyone on that team will be thinking “what if” forever.

When March Madness was canceled last year, I wondered how players felt, and LCU: B really answered that question. It was nice seeing them pick each other up as a team.

12.

Everyone’s story continues.


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It’s good to know that the pandemic didn’t stop these players from getting scholarships. LCU always paints a good picture of how the players and the coaches are still on a journey that is far from over.

What was your favorite part of Last Chance U: Basketball? Would you watch another season at ELAC? Comment below.

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