John was born the son of a Nigerian father and English mother and spent his early years in Britain before moving to the USA, where basketball is a national sport.
After a successful basketball career in America, he played for the England national basketball team in the Commonwealth Games held in Melbourne last year, in which the England team won a bronze medal.
Apart from his television commentary work in Britain John is involved in promoting basketball and sport in general as a healthy activity. He also donated a sum of money towards building the Amaechi Basketball Centre in Manchester. His autobiography Man in the Middle came out this week, as did John himself.
Incidentally, the BBC has made a children's drama concentrating on the members a wheelchair basketball team, the Desperados.
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