On February 7, 2007, NBA legend John Amaechi, the only Briton to achieve basketball superstardom, a man inculcated into the NBA Hall of Fame for scoring the first points of the new millennium, came out as a homosexual athlete ? one of only four in the US ever to announce that their sexuality is anything other than that of straight male and the only pro basketball player ever to do so. MAN IN THE MIDDLE chronicles Amaechi?s extraordinary journey from awkward, overweight child to jet-setting NBA star. Along the way, he encounters endless obstacles to the fulfilment of his hoop dream ? his father?s abandonment; being cut from his first college team; a life-threatening injury; abusive coaches; the death of his mother ? all the while protecting the secret that could end his career.
John Amaechi played in the NBA for six seasons and was honored by the basketball Hall of Fame for scoring the first points of the new millenium. In 2001, he formed the ABC Foundation and built the Amaechi Basketball Centre (he plans to build five more) in his hometown of Manchester, England, dedicated to personal excellence, mentoring, and counseling young people through sport. He is also the founder of Animus Consulting and a regular commentator.Chris Bull, co-founder of QueerCity.com, is the author of several books, including "Going the Other Way" (with Billy Bean) and" Perfect Enemies" (with John Gallagher). A former Washington correspondent for "The Advocate," he is a recipient of the 2000 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship and has written for publications including The Washington Post and ESPN The Magazine. He lives in San Francisco.