NBA Star Tells Kids In Lockup To Make Better Choices

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(Memphis) He's already a role model on the hard courts, now one Memphis Grizzlies player is trying to change the lives of some of the city's most trouble kids.

Tuesday, Grizzlies shooting Guard Tony Allen spoke to nearly 40 children and teens in the Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center.

Allen told the kids he grew up around gangs, guns and drugs in Chicago and even dropped out of High School.

He also told them he never gave up on his hoop dreams, worked hard to finish high school and was able to earn college scholarships that paved his way to the NBA.

"Like I say if you can show because seeing is believing and let them know what it took to get where I'm at. A lot of times they see the NBA and don't know what it takes to get there," said Tony Allen.

Allen has been in the NBA nine years.

He played for the Boston Celtics before joining the Grizzlies in 2010.