Like Mike 2: Streetball
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|Like Mike 2: Streetball|
|Directed by||David Nelson|
|Produced by||David Bixler|
|Written by||Keith Mitchell
|Based on||Characters created by: Michael Elliot|
|Music by||Stanley Clarke|
|Cinematography||Albert J. Dunk|
|Edited by||Dennis M. Hill|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox Home Entertainment|
Like Mike 2: Streetball is an American direct-to-video film, and stand-alone sequel to Like Mike. It was directed by David Nelson and released on June 6, 2006. This film does not feature any of the original cast nor are there any mentions of the previous film.
Jerome and his friends are very adept at streetball, but are no match for the older boys in their neighborhood. When the friends realize a streetball team called Game On is coming to town to look for talent, they practice extremely hard and work to win.
Jerome's dad rarely makes time for his son; after one of his short visits, Jerome is shooting some hoops and notices the pair of shoes from the first movie hanging up by a streetlight. Jerome retrieves the shoes, which are soon afterward hit by lightning, giving their wearer the ability to play as well as Michael Jordan.
At the Game On talent game, Jerome gets a chance to take a half-court shot and to play one-on-one with another streetballer. His new shoes allow him to win easily, leading the Game On coach to give Jerome a spot on the team. However, many people try to steal his glory. Jerome's lazy and conniving supposed cousin Ray quickly claims to be Jerome's agent, and starts signing Jerome up with sponsors and otherwise making sure he has Jerome under his thumb.
During the first Game On game with Jerome, the team is struggling until Jerome gets in the game; they come back and win with his help. That night the guys go out to a club, but Jerome can not go because he is not old enough. So he goes to an amusement park with his friends, where they give him the streetball name Triple J.
Under Ray's encouragement, Jerome becomes a ball hog. He fights with his friends, and his teammates start giving him the cold shoulder.
While on break from the team, Jerome goes home on the day his father is also returning. Ray wants Jerome's mom to sign a contract that would let Ray get 15% of what Jerome makes. Ray also books Jerome in a music video. They say that they will be back before his dad gets back. In Jerome's clip, his dad comes out of nowhere and takes him away. They get in a fight about what Jerome is doing, with Jerome disregarding his father's advice.
Before the last game of the season, Ray urges Jerome to wear some shoes made by sponsors, but Jerome refuses, knowing his magic sneakers are what give him his ability to play. They go up against the Drop Squad, the best team in the league. Jerome's teammate, known as Ghost in the Machine, is worried because his dad is in the crowd and this will be the first time Ghost's dad has seen him play since high school. When they go out to play the Drop Squad, Ghost is at first outplayed. Jerome starts helping out Ghost and they come back at the half. During halftime, when Jerome is not looking, Ray swaps his magic shoes with the sponsor shoes he wanted Jerome to wear. Jerome suddenly starts playing worse and they lose. Angrily, Jerome says that he quits the team.
Outside Jerome has a talk with Ray, who reveals the extent of his power over Jerome, who also turns out to be the brother of an ex-boyfriend Jerome's cousin dated, betraying him. After Ray drives away, Jerome takes the bus home. Having lost his two best friends and Ray having hoodwinked him with a shady contract, Jerome tells his mom he's quit basketball. The next day, Jerome's mom, off-screen, kicks Ray out of the house, for his hateful schemes against her and Jerome. Then Jerome goes to the court and apologizes to his friends. They say they will see him at the King Of The Concrete Championships, but he tells them that he does not have the magic shoes any more and that he has quit basketball. One of his friends says that Jerome should just play for fun. After giving his friends some pointers, Jerome realizes they really should play again. They form a team called Triple Threat. Jerome's mom also finds the magic shoes in Ray's stuff.
The next day at the King Of The Concrete Championship, Ray has a new team called Ray On, composed of players which Jerome had shown up on other occasions. Triple Threat makes it into the finals thanks to Jerome, but so does Ray On, who ruthlessly beat the other teams. When Ray On goes up against Triple Threat, Ray deliberately messes up Jerome's sneakers and Nathan gets hurt. Then Jerome's dad leads them back at the final shot. Jerome shoots the last shot without his magic shoes and it goes in.
After the game, more sponsors ask if they can sponsor Jerome, but his dad says no. Then Ray tries to pull out the contract that he ripped up, when Dalton locks Ray in his trunk. Then Jerome walks home with his family. At the end of the movie Ray is screaming from his car and Jerome's shoes are hung up on a street light.
Jascha Washington as Jerome "Triple J" Jenkins, Jr
Michael Beach as Jerome "Double J" Jenkins, Sr