“Hoops” is the story of a morbid coach trying to turn a horrible team around
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Netflix
There aren’t a lot of animated sports series on Netflix but here’s one about a twisted, angry basketball coach who makes coach Carter (an iconic authoritative basketball coach) look like an angel.
“Hoops” is about coach Ben Hopkins (Jake Johnson) who’s on a mission to turn the Lenwood Colts, a horrible Kentucky-based high school basketball team, into a championship-caliber group. Hopkins could lose his job if the team doesn’t start winning under his supervision. But Hopkins is also desperate to build a winning culture as he is also eyeing to land a coaching job with the Chicago Bulls.
How does Hopkins deal with this pressure? By completely avoiding professionalism, paying for his players’ porn subscription and cursing referees on a daily basis. Hopkins is a terrible and foul-mouthed coach if you think about it, but he’s also the same guy who recruits seven-foot tall junior Matty (A.D. Miles) to save the Colts.
Hopkins doesn’t want to be a nobody. He wants to blaze his own trail as an accomplished coach instead of working for his dad. But the way he goes about is a tad inappropriate and would get him fired in any high school team (in the Philippines, at least). He attempts to leave a legacy by being the most morbid and inappropriate coach the world has ever seen.
Will he be able to lead an inferior team to a championship?