Netflix's Last Chance U: Basketball was obviously a change-up from the sports series' football focus, but it still brought just as much tension, jubilation, and turmoil as any other season. The drama was actually delivered in bulk through the East Los Angeles Huskies' team dynamic with star player Joe Hampton, who faced frustration with coming off the bench as a former Division 1 standout.
The series frequently showed Hampton's blowups on and off the court, and even a stint in which he missed a few practices with no heads up or explanation. It would be fair for Last Chance U: Basketball viewers to assume Joe Hampton's impulsive actions were a major source of the junior college's problems overall, but coach John Mosley revealed to Vulture that the Netflix series' depiction only showed a specific angle of a much larger picture.
Joe Hampton was certainly a part of the Huskies' adversity, but as coach John said, he was just one of 15 players. Last Chance U: Basketball only focused on a few of the athletes beyond Joe, and shaped the story around their lives, as well as the coaches. A large part of Hampton's story was about his frustration and fall from grace as a former top prospect in the nation, and being asked to come off the bench behind the less inexperienced player Malik Muhammad.
With that said there's no denying the season did feature Joe Hampton displaying some over-the-top behavior, and the aforementioned stint in which he left practice abruptly and didn't return for a few days was perhaps the most tense moment in the show. Ultimately, coach John Mosley welcomed Hampton back on the squad without much incident, which is better explained by his philosophy with players, noted below:
Had Joe Hampton walked out and never returned, that could've been the end of it. He returned, though, and coach John Mosley and others welcomed him back with it being mostly water under the bridge. As a viewer, I now wonder what other hectic moments unfolded during that big season with the players who weren't given as big of a spotlight during this initial season. I also wonder if Hampton's position as a lead subject on of Last Chance U: Basketball meant his issues were presented as being a bit more chaotic than they actually were, which almost feels like the case given Mosley's thoughts on the player.
Right in time for March Madness drama ramping up on television, Last Chance U: Basketball is currently available to stream on Netflix, though if you're looking for other quality shows to watch on Netflix in the month of March, we have a handy list for that here.
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