Last Chance U: Basketball season 2 review – a reminder that we should never give up hope

By Ricky Valero
Published: December 14, 2022 (Last updated: December 30, 2022)
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Although it’s much of the same, you can’t help but cling to these kids and hope to see them thrive throughout the season.

We review the Netflix series Last Chance U: Basketball season 2, which was released on December 13th, 2022.

Very few sports docuseries have become must-watch in the way the Last Chance U franchise has. First, it was football, and now with basketball. The second season of Last Chance U: Basketball is streaming on Netflix. Is it worth checking out? Let’s dive in.

If you have ever watched this series, you know what to expect. You are seeing these kids struggling in their personal life who need that extra bump to travel down this road of potential success instead of heading down a path they can’t return from. Unfortunately, most of these kids sat out because of COVID, and when they returned, all the scholarships were gone, and now they are forced to play Juco.

Among the first kids we met was Damani, a young kid who moved across the country to spend time with his dad because he ended up staying to care for him. It also allowed him to go to ELAC to start over again. However, during one of his first practices, he went down as he was out of breath, and someone had to get his inhaler. Next thing we know, we hear the coach say they lost one of the point guards (Damani) due to him having a heart issue. That fast, a dream was demolished, and it was heartbreaking to watch.

How do you make a life for your kid until you can make a life for yourself?

The stakes are high for each athlete on and off the court. Throughout the season, as we follow each of these young men fighting for that second chance, or in some instances that last chance, we have one guy you follow in Dezmond that needs this because while he is chasing his dreams, he is required at home to be a father to a little boy. So, of course, it’s these things the directors and editors understand how to reel you into caring for these kids and what happens to them.

Look, each season of this show, whether football or basketball, you will find some similar beats. It’s almost as if you have seen one, you’ve seen it all, but for me, it’s more about the personal experience of watching people like Coach Mosley try to help mentor kids and improve their lives for generations to come. Sometimes in a murky world of uncertainty, you can watch this show and get a glimpse of hope.

One thing that I believe this show could serve a massive purpose for is teenagers and aspiring athletes watching it. They must see the ugly side of attempting to be the next big thing. The expectations can be high, but they need to let the reality sink in that you might not make it to the exact place you are trying to get to. Also, they must understand that hundreds, if not thousands, of kids will outwork you to take your spot.

Overall, if you take anything from these shows, be kind to others and never give up on your dreams. You will enjoy this season if you are a fan of the Last Chance U franchise. I can’t wait to watch the next season.

What did you think of Last Chance U: Basketball season 2? Comment below.

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