As the coach and professor responsible for guiding college students, John Mosley knows the benefits of being Instagram and social media famous. When the men’s basketball coach at East Los Angeles College (ELAC) was first approached about his team being the focus of the first season of Last Chance U: Basketball, he wanted nothing to do with the spotlight.
« Many of my friends have said, » Would you like a camera that follows you while you compete and train? « Mosley said. » I was just never the one who wanted to be in the spotlight.
« Also, the previous coaches [in Last Chance U] had a lot of personality and were phenomenal. »
Those previous coaches, in particular Buddy Stephens (Last Chance U, seasons one and two) and Jason Brown (seasons three and four) were incredibly entertaining. Mosley, the first black head coach to appear in the Emmy Award-winning sports documentary, will join the series, which will start streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, will add a different vibe. (No spoilers here.)
A major difference in the overall feel of the series has to do with the fact that basketball stars generally appear as bigger personalities than athletes in other sports. The game is different, with each player’s fear and joy constantly displayed.
« Basketball players don’t wear helmets, » said Greg Whiteley, inventor of the Last Chance Underground franchise s drama and the emotions of her personal life are bleeding onto the pitch, this can be seen on their faces. «
This connection to the players – the series includes all 15 players on the roster and follows exactly four in the 2019-20 season Players – is difficult to reach in football, where teams usually consist of more than 50 people.
Some fans weren’t ready to give up Last Chance underground football after five seasons. Whiteley, however, is confident that fans of the football season won’t be disappointed.
« First, people think they want more football, but what people really want are great stories about kids trying to be drawn to their circumstances escape, « said Whiteley, who was given the green light to relocate when Netflix officials learned of his desire to produce a basketball project. « We didn’t prefer basketball to football. We just chose ELAC as the next place we wanted to tell their stories. »
Despite the talent collection at ELAC, Whiteley said Mosley was the reason why the series came to school.
« He’s as intense as any coach we’ve ever filmed and, strangely enough, never swears, » said Whiteley. « We’ve never seen anyone work so tirelessly on every player to keep busy and focus on the goal of getting to the next level. « Winning was really the second after this pursuit. »
This is mainly due to the spirituality of Mosley, an ELAC alum who came before nine Years ago as an assistant at California State University in Bakersfield.
As with any coach, Mosley’s challenge is juggling the personalities of 15 players who all believe they are B. Division I asceticball should play. The series shows how Mosley is often marginalized.
Mosley has a unique way of dealing with some distractions. What is never lost with these methods is his love and concern for children who are watching a state championship together. And beyond.
« There are some diamonds in these kids, man, » Mosley said. « With some of them we have to flake off the front that is being set up. The kid who rolls her eyes, the kid who pouts. There’s something that keeps them from reacting to adversity and we write just take them off without finding out what’s going on.
« Usually whoever acts the most has the most beautiful diamond, » added Mosley. « We just have to make it. »
To get to these diamonds To get there, Mosley needs to give his players the opportunity they have.
« The kids I coached at the [four year] level are a little bit pressured because there are more resources, » said Mosley . « At this level they haven’t seen any hope yet. So they act because they are nervous and worried about their future. «
With this group at ELAC, Mosley must gain the trust of the players to get them to their destination.
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« This job can be exhausting, it can be exhausting and sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it, » said Mosley. « My passion is helping them with whatever they go through. I pour all my energy and emotions into the job because I will never give up on a child. »
Jerry Bembry is a senior writer at The Undefeated. His bucket list items include Lizz Wright’s serenade and watching the Knicks play an NBA game in June.
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