Though currently in the midst of defending his 2010-2011 Eastern Conference title with the Miami Heat, NBA superstar Dwyane Wade has also been busy completing his first book, “A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.” In the book, the former Finals MVP discusses his rough upbringing in Chicago and how his childhood experiences influence the way he raises his own family.

Wade tells The Associated Press that although he didn’t have to share this part of his life with people, he felt it was needed.

“So many people came up to me in this process,” he explains, referring to the tumultuous custody battle he went through with his ex-wife over their two young sons, Zaire and Zion. Wade was awarded sole custody of the boys last year. “So many fathers, so many men came up to me to congratulate me and to ask me how, how I did it and why I believed I could do it.”

In a statement from William Morrow, an imprint under the HarperCollins Publishers umbrella, vice president Henry Ferris said the company is “thrilled and honored” to be publishing Wade’s book.

“He has an extremely important story and message about the role of fathers in children’s lives,” Ferris said.

“I think the biggest thing when I set out to write a book was just to share my experiences, from when I was a kid, my upbringing, my struggles, my joyous times, to becoming a father,” Wade said. “I’m trying to compare them, how they’ve been the same in a sense, even though my worlds are totally different. But we’re still dealing with the same things. From rags to riches, it really doesn’t matter.”

“A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball” is scheduled for a September release.
[Source: HuffPo]