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01/31/2014 10:03 am ET | Updated Feb 03, 2014

NBA Player JaVale McGee Gives Pep Talk To A Boys' Basketball Team In Compton (VIDEO)

While spending his summer in Los Angeles, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee and his Hall of Fame mother, Pam McGee, were inspired to sponsor an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) boys’ basketball team for inner-city youth in Compton.

"I've always found when you keep it real with kids and you set a standard, they achieve it," Pam says in the above clip from "Mom's Got Game."

Ranging from ages 8 to 10 years old, the boys meet JaVale for the first time in the above video. "Whatever y'all are great at, just keep doing that," JaVale tells the kids. "Just have fun, whatever ya'll are happy about doing. And be positive, that too."

Pam is thrilled to see how the kids' eyes light up when the see JaVale, who leaves them with a piece of advice. "This is the key to life -- this is how you're going to make it in everything you do: hard work," he says.

"Mom's Got Game" airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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