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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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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Bryce Drew

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Bryce Drew is the men's basketball coach at Vanderbilt. He was previously head coach at Valparaiso. 

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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. 

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Chris Bosh

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Chris Bosh is an NBA power forward-center who last played for the Miami Heat. Bosh was first drafted by the Toronto Raptors and led the Raptors to their first NBA Playoffs in 2006–07. 

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Clyde Drexler

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Clyde Drexler, a former NBA guard, played for the Portland Trailblazers & Houston Rockets. He was part of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team and was twice inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

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Danny Manning

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Danny Manning is a former NBA forward who played for the Clippers & the Phoenix Suns. He is currently the men's head coach at the University of Tulsa. 

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Doc Rivers

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Doc Rivers has served as head coach of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers since 2013. Prior to the Clippers, he coached the Boston Celtics from 2004-2013 and helped lead them to the 2008 NBA title. 

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Frank Martin

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Frank Martin is currently the men's head basketball coach at the University of South Carolina, where the led the Gamecocks to the Final Four in 2017. 

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Fred Hoiberg

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Fred Hoiberg is the current men's head basketball coach at the University of Nebraska and is the former head coach of the Chicago Bulls & Iowa State University. 

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Gary Payton

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Gary Payton played in the NBA from 1990-2007 and is best remembered for his 13 seasons with the Seattle SuperSonics. A 9-time All-Star, Payton was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. 

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Greg Anthony

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Greg Anthony played for six teams during his career from 1991 - 2002 and is best remembered for his time with the New York Knicks. He played collegiately at UNLV and won a national championship in 1990. 

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Jamal Mashburn

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Jamal Mashburn is a retired forward who played in the NBA from 1993-2004 for the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets. 

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Jason Kidd

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Hall of Fame guard Jason Kidd played in the NBA from 1994-2013 for the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks. The 10-time All-Star won a title with Dallas in 2011. 

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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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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 West

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Hall of Fame guard Jerry West played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers from 1960-1974. He was a 14-time All-Star and won an NBA title in 1972. He also won six titles as GM of the Lakers. 

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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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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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