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How to Choose the Right Basketball Speaker for Your Event

Basketball is a sport that is beloved by more than 400 million fans worldwide. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is about the game that makes it such a crowd favorite since there are so many aspects of basketball that set it apart from other team sports.

From its fast-paced, high-scoring games to its easy-to-comprehend rules and exciting last-second finishes, basketball has a ton to offer both spectators and the athletes that make it their profession.

Basketball players are some of the most fit individuals in the world, undergoing rigorous training to enhance their speed, agility and core strength. Even during their off season, NBA players are sweating it out in the gym, fine-tuning their bodies and pushing the limits of performance.

This is a major factor in what makes NBA speakers so engaging to listen to. In most cases, they have been passionately pursuing their dreams of playing in the NBA since high school, if not before, making them highly-focused competitors who know what it takes to persevere, even when the odds are stacked against them.

These unique personality traits make NBA motivational speakers especially captivating and capable of relating their expertise to a wide range of topics and circumstances.

At Sports Speakers 360, we’re proud to offer the most comprehensive list of basketball motivational speakers available in the United States today. From current NBA stars to Hall of Fame legends, from WNBA players to coaching greats, Sports Speakers 360 can help you find the perfect speaker.

But before deciding upon one of our talented and recognizable NBA motivational presenters, we recommend considering the below criteria:

The Speaker’s Background

No athlete is alike and basketball players are no exception. NBA players are recruited from around the globe, hailing from a broad range of cultures and circumstances. Some have humble beginnings, having discovered their love for basketball while participating in inner city sports programs while others come from families who have produced multiple generations of sports stars. Identifying the best motivational basketball speaker for your event will require you to consider which types of experiences will resonate most with your audience.

The Speaker’s Availability

Not all motivational speaker basketball players have the same schedules. Depending on where the player is at in his career and whether he’s current or retired, availability will vary.

If there is a specific basketball speaker you would like to attend your event, it is best to get in touch with us as early as possible. It’s also a good idea to provide our speaking engagement coordinators with your potential event dates as soon as you can so we can communicate them to your first choice.

Covering the costs of meals, accommodations, and/or transportation is a fantastic way to sweeten the pot and make your offer more appealing for our NBA speakers. We also recommend including information about your company   or organization and your cause and the great work you are doing if the event is a fundraiser. Many of our NBA motivational speakers greatly enjoy attending events that benefit the community or that have a philanthropic angle. The more information you provide, the more likely it is that your speaking opportunity will stand out from the rest and be accepted.

How We Make Hiring Basketball Motivational Speakers the Easiest Its Ever Been

Operating a successful sports talent booking agency is no simple feat. At Sports Speakers 360, we knew that we needed to create long-standing, tight-knit working relationships with the athletes we work with— which is exactly what we did.

Both our event hosts and our NBA speakers appreciate the comprehensive services we provide. Making the hiring process as simple and as streamlined as possible is always our priority, and we have established a high-functioning team of coordinators to ensure every element is handled effectively and professionally.

Plus, we have an exhaustive list of inspirational basketball players which makes finding a speaker effortless— there’s bound to be someone who meets your needs!

Other responsibilities our speaking engagement coordinators can facilitate include:

  • Coordinating speaker arrival times and other scheduling needs
  • Contract negotiations
  • Speaker bio and photo
  • Logistical requirements (laptop for slideshow presentations, hand-held or lavaliere microphone, directions to the venue, on-site contact information, green room needs, security requirements, etc.)
  • Ensuring all required paperwork is accurate and signed
  • Identifying the ideal speaker for your special occasion

Whether you are looking for a talented basketball professional to provide inspiration for basketball players at your educational institution or you’re in need of an all-star athlete who can speak on hot topics like overcoming adversity, teamwork, leadership, civil rights issues or the importance of education— we are confident we’ll be able to connect you with basketball motivational speakers that can bring your vision to life.

ARE YOU READY TO SECURE ONE OF OUR INSPIRATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS FOR YOUR NEXT EVENT? CONTACT US TODAY.

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Jalen Rose

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Jalen Rose is a sports analyst for ESPN. He was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines "Fab Five" and played for six NBA teams, most notably the Indiana Pacers. 

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Jamaal Wilkes

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Jamaal Wilkes is a retired NBA player who played the small forward position and won four NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. 

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Jamal Mashburn

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Jamal Mashburn is a retired NBA player. He played for the Dallas Mavericks from 1993–1997, the Miami Heat from 1997–2000 and the Charlotte / New Orleans Hornets from 2000–2004. 

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James Harden is an NBA shooting guard who plays for the Houston Rockets. He was a first-time All-Star in 2013, his first season with the Rockets. 

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James Worthy

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James Worthy is a Hall of Fame forward who played for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. 

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Retired guard Jason Kidd was a ten-time NBA All-Star and five-time All-NBA First Team selection during his Hall of Fame career. 

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Jay Williams

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Jay Williams led the Duke Blue Devils to the 2001 NCAA Basketball Championship and was a two-time NABC Player of the Year. He currently works as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. 

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Jay Wright

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Jay Wright has served as head basketball coach at Villanova since 2001. He was named the Naismith Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2016 and led the Wildcats to NCAA titles in 2016 and 2018. 

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Jeff Hornacek

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Jeff Hornacek played guard in the NBA from 1986-2000 primarily with the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. 

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Jeff Van Gundy

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Jeff Van Gundy previously served as head coach of the Houston Rockets and New York Knicks and currently works for ESPN as an NBA analyst. 

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Jeremy Lin

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Jeremy Lin is a guard with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. Lin is the first Americans of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the league. 

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Jerry Sloan

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Jerry Sloan is a former NBA player and head coach. NBA commissioner David Stern called Sloan "one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history." 

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Jerry West

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Hall of Fame guard Jerry West played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-74. He was a 14-time All-Star and won a title in 1972. 

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Jim Boeheim

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Jim Boeheim is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse University. Off the court, he battled prostate cancer in 2001, and has become a sought-after cancer speaker. 

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Jim Calhoun

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James Calhoun is the former head coach of the University of Connecticut's men's basketball team. In 2005 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

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Joe Dumars

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Hall of Fame guard Joe Dumars played for the Detroit Pistons from 1985-99 and won two NBA titles. 

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John Amaechi

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John Amaechi is an English retired basketball player who currently works as an educator and broadcaster in Europe and the United States. 

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John Calipari

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Calipari is the head basketball coach of the University of Kentucky. He is the former head coach of the University of Memphis Tigers, the University of Massachusetts Minutemen, and the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets. 

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John Salley

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John Salley was the first player in NBA history to win titles with three different teams - the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. 

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John Starks

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John Starks is a retired NBA shooting guard who gained fame while playing for the New York Knicks in the 1990s. 

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John Stockton

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John Stockton is spent his entire NBA career as a point guard for the Utah Jazz from 1984 to 2003 and is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time. 

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Josh Pastner

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Josh Pastner has been the men's basketball coach at the University of Memphis since 2009 and has led the Tigers to three Conference USA Tournament titles. 

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Julius Erving

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Julius Erving, nicknamed "Dr. J", is a former NBA guard who played for the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1993, Erving was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

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Juwan Howard

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Juwan Howard is an American former NBA player who currently serves as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat. Howard formerly played for the Heat from 2010 until 2013 

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