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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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Artis Gilmore

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$2,501 - $5,000

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. 

Bill Wennington

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$2,501 - $5,000

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. 

Bob Love

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$2,501 - $5,000

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. 

Brian Scalabrine

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$2,501 - $5,000

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. 

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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$2,501 - $5,000

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. 

Dan Issel

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$2,501 - $5,000

One of the most prolific scorers in the annals of pro basketball, Hall of Famer Dan Issel starred in the ABA and NBA for the Kentucky Colonels and Denver Nuggets. He played collegiately at the U. of Kentucky. 

Darrell Griffith

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$2,501 - $5,000

Nicknamed "Dr. Dunkenstein", Darrell Griffith played for the Utah Jazz from 1980-91 after a legendary college career at Louisville. His jersey #35 is retired by the Jazz. 

Denny Crum

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$2,501 - $5,000

Denny Crum served as men's basketball coach at Louisville from 1971 - 2001 and led the Cardinals to six Final Fours and two NCAA championships. 

Dereck Whittenburg

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$2,501 - $5,000

Dereck Whittenburg played guard for North Carolina State from 1979-1983 and will always be remembered for his role in helping lead the Wolfpack to the 1983 NCAA national championship. 

Elvin Hayes

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$2,501 - $5,000

Hall of Fame forward/center Elvin Hayes played for the Washington Bullets and Houston Rockets and is a member of the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. 

Eric Montross

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$2,501 - $5,000

Eric Montross was a two-time All-American basketball player for North Carolina and helped the Tar Heels win a 1993 NCAA national championship. He also played in the NBA from 1994-2002. 

Gene Keady

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$2,501 - $5,000

Gene Keady served as men's basketball coach at Purdue for 25 years from 1980 - 2005. He was named Big Ten Coach of the Year seven times & led the Boilermakers to six conference titles. 

Kris Jenkins

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$2,501 - $5,000

Kris Jenkins played college basketball for the Villanova Wildcats from 2013-2017 and is best remembered for his buzzer-beating three pointer over North Carolina in the 2016 NCAA Championship game. 

Nick Anderson

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$2,501 - $5,000

Nick Anderson Anderson spent thirteen years in the NBA beginning in 1989, most of them with the Orlando Magic. 

Sidney Moncrief

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$2,501 - $5,000

Sidney Moncrief is a Hall of Fame NBA guard who played from 1979-1991 and spent all but one season with the Milwaukee Bucks. He played college basketball at the University of Arkansas. 

Spencer Haywood

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$2,501 - $5,000

Spencer Haywood was a forward/center in the NBA who is best remembered for his time with the Seattle SuperSonics. He won a NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980.