NBA Motivational Speakers – Top Trending List – October 31

The 2016-2017 NBA season has officially commenced! While today’s top NBA stars are largely unavailable for personal appearances during the season, the game’s former greats are sharing their stories to motivate and inspire audiences at corporate conferences, ceremonies, fundraisers and other special events. Below are the top NBA Motivational Speakers available for hire for keynote speaking engagements, meet & greets, autograph signings and other personal appearances:

hire-sports-speakerMagic Johnson: The Magic Man tops our list as the most requested NBA motivational speaker available for hire heading into 2017. His on-court success coupled with his various experiences as a successful businessman have given him a unique perspective on work, life and the keys to success in both. Magic is happy to tailor his message to help you achieve your own event goals and covers topics including building a strong, cohesive team, fostering community and economic empowerment.

sports-speaker-shaquille-onealShaquille O’Neal: To no one’s surprise, Shaq is one of the most entertaining and animated NBA motivational speakers for hire. His laid-back, comedic demeanor makes him great for any organization in the market for a motivational keynote speaker who can truly connect with their audience to inspire action. In recent weeks, Shaq has been chosen as a featured keynote speaker for several university speaker series and business conferences including Springfield College’s annual leadership luncheon and the 2016 QuickBooks Connect Conference & Expo.

hire-kobe-bryantKobe Bryant: It was hard to say goodbye to The Black Mamba at the end of last season, but the good news is that now he has ample time for appearances as an inspirational keynote speaker for events! Kobe has already been busy since retiring from the game having co-founded his own $100 million venture capital fund and headlined the Direct Marketing Association’s annual &Then Conference this month. Kobe’s poignant keynote messages center around his thoughts on attitude, preparation, perfecting your craft and the will to succeed.

sports-speaker-Charles-BarkleyCharles Barkley: As a Hall of Fame player, TV analyst and outspoken social activist, Charles Barkley has never been shy about sharing his thoughts on any particular subject you choose to engage him in. Just this month, Charles was announced as a headliner for the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show where he will speak on a panel discussing sports business innovation. He’s a smart, fun-loving NBA motivational speaker who has transcended the basketball world to impact individuals in all walks of life.

sports-speaker-bill-waltonBill Walton: Bill Walton is a household name in both college and professional hoops. He played under legendary coach John Wooden at UCLA and enjoyed a Hall of Fame career in the NBA. Many may not know that he overcame a stuttering problem to go on and become an equally successful game announcer for ABC, ESPN and the Pac-12 Network. As a keynote speaker, Bill talks about the daily choices we make that determine our happiness, success and self-respect, taking control of your life and delivering peak performance on command.

hire-david-robinsonDavid Robinson: Does your audience need a lesson in discipline, hard work and leadership? Hire motivational keynote speaker and 2-Time NBA champion David Robinson. David is a respected leader on and off the court, having conducted himself as the consummate professional and teammate on the court and in the boardroom as the co-founder of his own private equity firm, the Admiral Capital Group. David continues to be one of the top NBA motivational speakers requested for university events and business forums.

sports-speaker-dominique-wilkinsDominique Wilkins: Bring your audience to their feet with a keynote speech from The Human Highlight Film! Dominique was a trailblazer in the league during the 80’s and 90’s with his high-flying style and powerful dominance. Today he serves as the Atlanta Hawks’ Vice President of Basketball Operations where he imparts his wisdom on the next generation of NBA players and personnel. His experiences as a player and businessman combine for a great discussion on finding success in work and life.

motivational-speaker-kenny-smithKenny Smith: Kenny Smith is a retired NBA champion and animated member of TNT’s overwhelmingly popular pre and post-game show, Inside the NBA with Shaq, Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley. He will also be a part of the TNT Inside the NBA panel discussion on sports business innovation at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Kenny is a family man who can motivate and inspire your audience with personal anecdotes from his life as an NBA player and Emmy Award winning sportscaster.

sports-speaker-pat-rileyPat Riley: Current President of the Miami Heat Pat Riley has experienced success at every level in the NBA as a player, coach and corporate executive. His leadership is truly inspiring to those around him and those who have heard him speak at corporate conferences and industry events. Pat can help your organization understand the simple steps to creating a successful business process, company culture and investing in the right people.

sports-speaker-clyde-drexlerClyde Drexler: Rounding out our list of top trending NBA motivational speakers is Clyde “The Glide” Drexler. He was a part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team and won the 1995 NBA Championship as a member of the Houston Rockets. Following his successful NBA career, Clyde created his own real estate investment firm and has appeared in guest roles in several TV and films. Today, Clyde works as a color commentator for Houston Rockets basketball games.

If you would like to hire a motivational sports speaker from the list above or from our database of NBA motivational speakers, contact Sports Speakers Bureau today via email at or call (212)410-4243.