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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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$5,001 - $10,000

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. 

Antoine Walker

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$5,001 - $10,000

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. 

Bernard King

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$5,001 - $10,000

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. 

Bo Ryan

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$5,001 - $10,000

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. 

Charlie Ward

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$5,001 - $10,000

Charlie Ward won the 1993 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at Florida State before switching full-time to basketball. He played for the New York Knicks from 1994 - 2004. 

Dale Brown

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$5,001 - $10,000

Dale Brown served as men's head basketball coach at LSU from 1972 - 1997 and led the Tigers to two Final Four berths. He is the most successful basketball coach in school history. 

Dan Majerle

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$5,001 - $10,000

Dan Majerle spent the majority of his career with the Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat. The three-time All-Star had his #9 jersey retired by the Suns. 

David Thompson

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$5,001 - $10,000

Hall of Famer David Thompson spent the majority of his 9-year pro basketball career with the Denver Nuggets. Prior to joining Denver, Thompson enjoyed a legendary college career at NC State. 

Earl Monroe

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$5,001 - $10,000

Earl "The Pearl" Monroe is a Hall of Fame guard who played in the NBA from 1967-1980 for the Baltimore Bullets and New York Knicks. He won an NBA title with the Knicks in 1973. 

George Gervin

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$5,001 - $10,000

George "The Iceman" Gervin played in the ABA & NBA for the Virginia Squires, San Antonio Spurs & Chicago Bulls. He was named an All-Star nine times and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. 

George Karl

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$5,001 - $10,000

George Karl coached six NBA teams during his career, including the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics. In 2010, he became the 7th coach in NBA history to record 1,000 wins. 

Jamaal Wilkes

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$5,001 - $10,000

Hall of Fame forward Jamaal Wilkes played in the NBA from 1974-1985, primarily with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. He won four NBA titles, including three with the Lakers. 

Jeff Hornacek

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$5,001 - $10,000

Jeff Hornacek played guard in the NBA from 1986-2000, primarily with the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns. He was named an All-Star in 1992 and had his #14 jersey retired in 2002 by Utah. 

John Starks

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$5,001 - $10,000

John Starks is a retired NBA shooting guard who gained fame during the eight seasons he spent playing for the New York Knicks from 1990-1998. He was named to the All-Star team in 1997. 

Kurt Rambis

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$5,001 - $10,000

Kurt Rambis played in the NBA from 1981 - 95 and enjoyed most of his success with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning four NBA titles as a player and three as an assistant coach. 

Michael Cooper

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$5,001 - $10,000

Michael Cooper played for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1978 - 90 and won five NBA titles. He was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1987. 

Mike Bibby

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$5,001 - $10,000

Mike Bibby is a retired NBA point guard who played from 1998-2012 and is best remembered for his time with the Sacramento Kings. He played collegiately at the University of Arizona. 

Muggsy Bogues

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$5,001 - $10,000

Muggsy Bogues enjoyed most of his success in the NBA playing for the Charlotte Hornets from 1988-1997. He also spent time with the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors. 

Nate Archibald

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$5,001 - $10,000

Nate Archibald spent 14 years playing in the NBA, most notably with the Kansas City Kings & Boston Celtics. He was a six-time All-Star and is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Ralph Sampson

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$5,001 - $10,000

Hall of Famer Ralph Sampson played in the NBA from 1983-1992 and is best remembered for his time with the Houston Rockets. He also enjoyed a legendary college career at the U. of Virginia. 

Rebecca Lobo

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$5,001 - $10,000

Rebecca Lobo played college basketball at UConn from 1991-1995 followed by six years in the WNBA. In 2017, she was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. 

Robert Horry

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$5,001 - $10,000

Forward Robert Horry played 17 seasons in the NBA and won seven titles, the most of anyone not playing on the 1960s Boston Celtics teams. 

Ron Harper

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$5,001 - $10,000

Ron Harper played from 1986 - 2001 for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LA Clippers, Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers. Harper won five NBA titles - three with the Bulls and two with the Lakers. 

Spud Webb

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$5,001 - $10,000

Spud Webb is a retired NBA point guard who is best remembered for his time with the Atlanta Hawks and for winning the 1986 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. 

Tamika Catchings

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$5,001 - $10,000

Hall of Fame forward Tamika Catchings is one of the most accomplished women's basketball players ever, winning four Olympic gold medals and the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player award.