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Wayne Embry went from being an All-Star basketball player at Miami University to an NBA Executive of the Year. In his new autobiography, The Inside Game, Embry chronicles his 40 years in The National Basketball Association (NBA) and discusses the problems threatening to undermine it. Embry, who was once sent home from a game in the old Richfield Coliseum when a bullet was found on his seat, tells the inside story of his fall from grace.

Prejudice is nothing new to Embry, a pioneer who became the first African American general manager in sports when the Milwaukee Bucks named him to that post in 1972—long after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. Now—31 years after his groundbreaking appointment—Embry, no longer employed by the league, is finally free to speak his mind.

“This book blends basketball and inspiration into a must read for all ages.” —Pete Newell, Hall of Famer and Legendary Coach

“All along the way, he was a pioneer. Like all pioneers, he faced hard times and incredible challenges. Ultimately, Wayne Embry’s life is an inspiration to everyone who has been told that they cannot get to the top.” —Richard Lapchick, Director, Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, University of Central Florida

“Wayne Embry doesn't just take you to the backboards of basketball, the former center takes you into the backrooms where the real deals are cut. His discussion of the Shawn Kemp deal and the inner workings of the Cleveland Cavaliers front office are eye-opening.”—Terry Pluto, Akron Beacon Journal

“[A] riveting read.”—Pat Williams, Senior Vice President, Orlando Magic

“[A] compelling, thought-provoking journey from his childhood days, his professional basketball days, and his business experiences to the pinnacle of his chosen profession as a franchise executive.—Al Attles, Golden State Warriors, Vice President and Assistant General Manager



Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2004


University of Akron Press


Akron, OH


Basketball, Auto-Biography, Race Relations, Management


Sports Studies

The Inside Game Race, Power and Politics in the NBA



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