Dwyane Wade writing book on fatherhood

TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer Published:

MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat is becoming an author.

William Morrow announced plans Wednesday to publish "A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball," to be released in September. The book talks in part about Wade's struggles growing up in Chicago and how he's incorporating some of the lessons he learned into raising his own family.

Wade tells The Associated Press that it was "therapeutic" to open up about certain elements of his life.

Wade was awarded sole custody of his two sons in March 2011 after a long court battle with his ex-wife, who remains in the boys' lives. The 2006 NBA finals MVP and eight-time All-Star says he hopes the book shows his fans a side of him they haven't already seen.

Morrow is an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.