BASKETBALL — 17 April 2012

Derrick Rose recently sat down with GQ Magazine to answer some questions about how he deals with all of the success and the fame that accompanies what he has achieved since joining the NBA in 2008.

Derrick Rose won two state titles at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago and played one season at Memphis before being drafted as the Number 1 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by his hometown Chicago Bulls.

Rose experienced rare immediate success within the NBA, winning Rookie of the Year and leading the Chicago Bulls into the playoffs. Rose signed a five-year contract extension with the Bulls worth up to $95 million. He also just closed a massive, 14-year endorsement deal with Adidas worth upwards of $250 million.

Rose doesn’t adore all of the attention which comes his way as a result of all his success. “Don’t get me wrong, I don’t take anything for granted,” Rose commented when asked about stardom, “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. The more you win, the more they come.”

“It gets on my nerves that I just can’t go out,” he told GQ. “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.”

Fans often assume that with fame and money comes glory and happiness, which indeed can be true for some, but Rose also mentioned to the people at GQ that being such a huge star “doesn’t fit my personality.”

Now, four years following his draft into the NBA, Derrick Rose has accepted the fact that the remainder of his life will not be like it was growing up. He told a story about being in his rookie year, going back and parking outside of his friends house and described that “All of a sudden everybody within a couple of blocks just came to where I was. It was crazy. I appreciated it. I felt good. But you’re not the same person, and that’s what you’ve got to realize.”

After signing the 14 year Adidas deal, Rose shouldn’t expect his fame status to be on the decline anytime soon. Get used to the spotlight Rose, it’s going to be following you around for awhile.

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