The article reveals how Rose, nicknamed Pooh, has been sheltered and protected by a close knit group of friends and family from childhood, and pretty much drives home the point that he really really doesn’t dig the attention that comes along with his success:
“I was the best kid in my neighborhood at a young age,” he says. “My whole life. I was always the one everyone was talking about. I’ve never really wanted the attention, but it has always been there.”
And don’t even think about stalking him online:
“One of my friends, he’s on there because of girls,” he says. “But I don’t got Twitter.”
Here’s probably the most important quote of the article. Hope he can live up to this:
“I won’t ever put myself in a bad position so that people can say bad things about me,” he says. “I make smart decisions, and my friends and my family, they are all there for the right reason. I’m very mature for 23 years old, and I know that whatever I do can hurt someone.”
On His Hometown, Chicago:
Anytime his Englewood days come up, we return to the matter of Rose’s inner circle. He has an actual physical number of people he says he trusts most—ten. “There’s seven of us,” he says of himself and his oldest friends, plus his brothers and his mom. That’s it. “Longest I’ve known one of my friends is third grade. Most recent, seven years. They tell me the truth. They’re not yes-men.”
And even though the story of where he’s from is part of his lore, he estimates it’s been the better part of a year since he’s been in the old neighborhood. “I just remember being there my rookie year, going back and being parked outside my friend’s house,” he says. “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.”
The problem now is that he’s not just a child of Englewood—the sentiment extends to the greater city, as well. “Sometimes it’s too much. Chicago…” He pauses. He is careful to say this just right. “Chicago isn’t used to stardom. Back when Michael was here, everyone was used to actors and singers and people being at the games. But there’s been a drought since then, and even celebrities, they’ll stop here to film a movie and then pop right back out. 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.” Rose can have the entire world, as long as he doesn’t leave his home. “This life doesn’t fit my personality.”
We’re happy for Derrick Rose’s success, but doesn’t it seem like his fame is making him kind of miserable???
Also, we noticed he didn’t talk at all about his pregnant fianceé — think he told GQ that topic wasn’t up for discussion?
Photo Credit: GQ/Nathaniel Goldberg