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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.

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A.C. Green

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A.C. Green, basketball's "Iron Man", played in the NBA from 1985-2001 and is best remembered for his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he won three NBA championships. 

Adrian Dantley

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Adrian Dantley enjoyed a Hall of Fame basketball career during his time in the NBA from 1976-1991. He was a six-time All-Star during his seven seasons with the Utah Jazz. 

Alonzo Mourning

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Alonzo Mourning is a Hall of Fame NBA center/forward who spent most of his 15-year career playing for the Miami Heat. He won a NBA title with the Heat in 2006 and a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics. 

Anfernee Hardaway

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Anfernee Hardaway was a 4-time NBA All-Star point guard who enjoyed most of his success with the Orlando Magic & Phoenix Suns. He's currently the head basketball coach at the University of Memphis. 

Antoine Walker

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Antoine Walker played in the NBA from 1996-2008 and is best remembered for his time with the Boston Celtics, where he was named an All-Star three times. He also won an NBA title with the Miami Heat in 2006. 

Artis Gilmore

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Artis Gilmore is a Hall of Fame center who played in the NBA for 12 years, primarily for the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. He also starred in the ABA for the Kentucky Colonels. 

Avery Johnson

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Avery Johnson spent 16 years playing in the NBA and enjoyed much of his success with the San Antonio Spurs, where he helped the team to a title in 1999 and had his jersey retired in 2008. 

Bernard King

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Bernard King is a Hall of Fame forward who played 14 seasons in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets. 

Bill Raftery

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Bill Raftery is one of the most recognizable college basketball analysts in the United States and currently works for CBS Sports & FS1. He has won several Emmy Awards and is a member of the NSSA Hall of Fame. 

Bill Self

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Bill Self has been the men's basketball coach at Kansas since 2003. He led the Jayhawks to the 2008 NCAA title and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017. 

Bill Walton

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Bill Walton is synonymous with the game of basketball. Arguably the greatest college basketball player ever, Walton played at UCLA before embarking on a Hall of Fame NBA career. 

Bill Wennington

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Bill Wennington played in the NBA from 1985-1991 and 1993-2000 and is best remembered for his time with the Chicago Bulls, where he won three NBA titles. He currently works as the Bulls radio analyst. 

Billy Donovan

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Billy Donovan is the head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Prior to the NBA, he served as the men's basketball coach at Florida for 19 seasons and led the Gators to two NCAA titles. 

Bo Ryan

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Bo Ryan served as the men's head basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin from 2001-2015 and led the Badgers to seven Big Ten titles and the 2015 NCAA Tournament championship game. 

Bob Knight

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Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight led the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971-2000, winning three national titles and 11 Big Ten Conference championships. He ranks third all-time in NCAA Division I wins. 

Bob Love

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Bob Love is a retired forward who is best remembered for his time with the Chicago Bills from 1968-1976. He was a three-time NBA All-Star and had his jersey #10 retired by the Bulls in 1994. 

Bobby Hurley

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Bobby Hurley is the current men's basketball coach at Arizona State and a former college basketball player who won two NCAA Championships while playing for Duke in 1991 and 1992. 

Brad Daugherty

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Brad Daugherty is an ESPN NASCAR analyst and retired center who played in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers from 1986 to 1994. 

Brian Scalabrine

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Brian Scalabrine is a retired forward who is best remembered for his time with the Boston Celtics from 2005-2010. He won an NBA title with the Celtics in 2008. 

Bruce Bowen

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Bruce Bowen is a retired forward who played in the NBA from 1997-2009 and is best remembered for his years with the San Antonio Spurs, where he won three NBA titles. 

Bruce Pearl

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Bruce Pearl is the men\'s head basketball coach at Auburn. In 2019, he led the Tigers to a SEC Championship and the NCAA Final Four. 

Bryce Drew

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Bryce Drew has served as the head basketball coach at Grand Canyon University since 2020. He previously coached at his alma mater, Valparaiso, where he also enjoyed a celebrated playing career. 

Byron Scott

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Byron Scott is a former NBA guard who won three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. He's also served as head coach for the Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Ceal Barry

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Ceal Barry served as head coach of the U. of Colorado women's basketball team from 1983 - 2005 and was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018. 

Cedric Maxwell

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Cedric Maxwell spent 11 seasons in the NBA and played an integral role in two championships with the Boston Celtics. He was MVP of the 1981 Finals.