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Rose talks fame, Obama, 'Decision' with GQ
You won't see Derrick Rose riding his bike to a game, holding a city hostage with a free agent decision, or holding live chats with fans on Twitter.
In other words, Rose isn't LeBron James.
The Chicago-raised Bulls point guard spoke with writer Will Leitch for the May issue of GQ about life in the limelight for somebody who, simply put, hates it.
"It gets on my nerves that I just can't go out," Rose told Leitch. "t'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."
"It seems like the better I play, the more attention I get," Rose continued, "and I can't get away from it. You play great, you get attention. But I hate attention."
Rose also spoke about James' infamous "Decision" -- "I won't ever put myself in a bad position so that people can say bad things about me. 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." -- and seeing then-state senator Barack Obama walking the Chicago streets when Rose was younger -- "He was just always there. I didn't appreciate it then. I was in high school and just wanted to see rappers."
You can see the full article, which is a must-read, at GQ.com by clicking here. The May issue of GQ is available April 24.