Derrick Rose has gotta be on cloud nine: he's only 23 and already on the Chicago Bulls as a point guard with an MVP award and a $95 million contract.
Now he's on the cover of GQ, lookin' GQ! Could things get ANY better??
Derrick sat down with the magazine and spilled the beans on some of the things in his life… like being compared to Michael Jordan:
“…His titles drive me. What’s wrong with getting close to the best person that ever played the game? I’m not scared of him; if anything, it makes me work harder when I do train.”
He then moved on to talking about how even President Obama was a fan of his:
“I remember when he wasn’t our president, when I was a kid, when he’d just be walking down the street, a state senator. He was just always there. I didn’t appreciate it then. I was in high school and just wanted to see rappers.”
Derrick then talked a bit about his new-found fame, and how he doesn't really like it:
“The more you win, the more they come. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t take anything for granted. But it seems like the better I play, the more attention I get. And I can’t get away from it. You play great, you get attention. But I hate attention. It is weird. I’m in a bind. Chicago isn’t used to stardom. …They don’t know how to act toward celebrity. So I always have someone with me. I can have a hat on, glasses on, whatever. People still notice me. If I go outside without a hat on, I feel like I’m naked. This life doesn’t fit my personality.
“It gets on my nerves that I can’t just go out. It’s just boundaries now, people are like, ‘You can’t go here, you can’t go there, you got to let that person know where you’re going.’ It’s just weird. I’m never alone. Ever.”
We're sure it's super hard to handle, but we're willing to bet you'll get used to it — we're sure you'd rather be doing well in the NBA than poorly, and unfortunately that's part of the side effects!
Think of it this way: it's out of love! The whole city loves you, and just wants to know you!
Keep up the hard work, Derrick!
Check out the rest of the pics (below)!
[Images via Nathaniel Goldberg/GQ.]