The motivational talk was made possible by Just Say Yes, a Richardson-based non-profit that provides programs to students, parents and educators. In this video, Johnson tells reporters after the speech that guest speakers can help reinforce concepts introduced by teachers.
Johnson, now coach of the Brooklyn Nets, urged the Dunbar students to commit to refocusing themselves to their studies for the new school year.
He also told students that sometimes you have to just cut out certain friends from your life to stay focused on your own goals and success.
"It's kind of what I call the E plan. Some friends you've just got to eliminate. They're just no good. You've got to eliminate them. You're trying to make As, they're trying to keep you at Fs. They're trying to smoke some stuff, you're trying to stay clean," Johnson told the Dunbar teens.
He added: "Then, some people you've got to entertain them a little less. I don't want to eliminate them, but I'm hanging out with them too much. Hang out with them once a month instead of once a week. And then other people you can engage with."