So what was Dwyane Wade up to during his lockout free time? Apparently penning a memoir about his experiences as a child and as a father to his children. The book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball, is expected to be released in September.
Wade has two boys, Zaire and Zion, with his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, and after a protracted divorce battle, was awarded sole custody of the boys in March 2011.
"I don't have to share it with people," Wade told the Associated Press. "But I felt there was a need. So many people came up to me in this process, 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."
The book will be released by William Morrow, a HarperCollins imprint, and will also recount memories from Wade's own childhood near Chicago being raised by his divorced father.
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Wade apparently is no stranger to writing. He wrote sports stories for his high school newspaper and once considered a career in journalism (Good call going with the basketball, D-Wade, but if you ever feel like doing some freelance blogging, get in touch). He's also dabbled in poetry and journal writing.
"People will get a better understanding of me as a person," Wade says. "Even people who might think they know all there is, there's things you can learn about me that you don't know. People know that in 2008 I had one of my best seasons, averaged 30 points a game, had some of my best games. But they don't know what I had to deal with before tip-off or right after the game. It's not focused on basketball, but it all wraps together and tells a story."