Derrick Rose Says He’s Uncomfortable Dealing With Fame
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is uncomfortable in the spot light and has said that his new found celebrity status “doesn’t fit” his personality, according to ESPN Chicago.
”Sometimes it’s too much,” Rose told GQ Magazine in a story posted on its website Today. “Chicago isn’t used to stardom. Back when Michael [Jordan] 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…. This life doesn’t fit my personality.”
“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.”
Rose, 22, was originally drafted No. 1 overall in the 2008 NBA Draft. Upon his entry into the NBA he experienced immediate success and won Rookie of the Year after leading the Bulls to the playoffs. His fame and stardom has only grown since his initial season in the NBA.
He has appeared in three All-Star games, the Olympics in 2010, and has earned a $250 million endorsement deal with Adidas. Last season marked his best season to date, in which he was named the youngest-ever NBA Most Valuable Player.
Rose signed a five-year $95 million contract extension in December.