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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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Avery Johnson

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$10,001 - $20,000

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. 

Brad Daugherty

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$10,001 - $20,000

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

Bruce Bowen

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$10,001 - $20,000

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. 

Cheryl Miller

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$10,001 - $20,000

One of the greatest women's basketball players in history, Cheryl Miller won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Chris Mullin

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$10,001 - $20,000

Hall of Fame guard Chris Mullin played in the NBA from 1985-2001 for the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers. Prior to the NBA, he enjoyed a storied collegiate career at St. John's. 

Christian Laettner

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$10,001 - $20,000

Christian Laettner helped Duke win two NCAA national titles in 1991 and 1992 before winning an Olympic gold medal as a member of the "Dream Team" and playing in the NBA for 13 years. 

Clark Kellogg

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$10,001 - $20,000

Clark Kellogg is a sports broadcaster who is best known in his role as the studio host for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament for CBS Sports & Turner Sports. He also works the Final Four and Finals for Westwood One radio. 

Derek Fisher

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$10,001 - $20,000

Derek Fisher's career spanned more than 17 years, in which he won five NBA championships with the LA Lakers. 

Horace Grant

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$10,001 - $20,000

Horace Grant played in the NBA from 1987-2004 primarily for the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. He won four NBA titles - three with Chicago and one with Los Angeles. 

Jalen Rose

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$10,001 - $20,000

Jalen Rose played in the NBA from 1994-2007 for six teams, most notably the Indiana Pacers. Prior to the NBA, he played collegiately at the U. of Michigan. He currently works for ESPN. 

James Worthy

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$10,001 - $20,000

James Worthy is a Hall of Fame forward who played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1982-1994 and won three NBA titles with the team. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in league history. 

Jason Terry

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$10,001 - $20,000

Guard Jason Terry played in the NBA for 19 years and is best remembered for his time with the Dallas Mavericks from 2004-2012, where he helped the Mavs win an NBA title in 2011. 

Jay Williams

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$10,001 - $20,000

Jay Williams has worked for ESPN since 2003 as a co-host and analyst. Prior to broadcasting, he led Duke to the 2001 NCAA Basketball Championship and was a two-time NABC Player of the Year. 

Jeff Van Gundy

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$10,001 - $20,000

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. 

Joe Dumars

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$10,001 - $20,000

Hall of Fame guard Joe Dumars played for the Detroit Pistons from 1985-1999 and won two NBA titles. He was six times named an All-Star and four times named NBA All-Defensive First Team. 

John Amaechi

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$10,001 - $20,000

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

John Salley

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$10,001 - $20,000

John Salley is a retired NBA forward/center who is best remembered for his time with the Detroit Pistons from 1986-1992. He won four titles - two with the Pistons and one each with the Bulls & Lakers. 

Kenny Smith

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$10,001 - $20,000

Kenny Smith played in the NBA from 1987-97 and enjoyed most of his success with the Houston Rockets, winning two titles. He's currently an NBA analyst on TNT. 

Lenny Wilkens

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$10,001 - $20,000

Lenny Wilkens is a retired NBA player and coach. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, coach and part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team". 

Lisa Leslie

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$10,001 - $20,000

Considered one of the greatest women's basketball players in history, Lisa Leslie is a four-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time WNBA champion and a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Pat Williams

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$10,001 - $20,000

Pat Williams co-founded the Orlando Magic and worked in the NBA as an executive for more than 50 years. He most recently served as the executive vice president of the Magic. 

Rick Mahorn

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$10,001 - $20,000

Rick Mahorn played in the NBA for 18 seasons and is best remembered for his time with the Detroit Pistons, where he was part of the "Bad Boys" team that won the 1989 NBA championship. 

Robert Parish

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$10,001 - $20,000

Robert Parish, affectionately known as "The Chief", is a Hall of Fame center who is best remembered for his time with the Boston Celtics from 1980-1994 and winning three NBA titles. 

Rudy Tomjanovich

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$10,001 - $20,000

Hall of Famer Rudy Tomjanovich is a retired basketball coach and player who coached the Houston Rockets to two consecutive NBA championships. As a player with the Rockets, he was five times names an All-Star. 

Sean Elliott

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$10,001 - $20,000

Sean Elliott was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 1989 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona. He won a NBA title with the Spurs in 1999.