Derrick Rose isn’t exactly having a season that he was hoping to have (given all his injuries), but he’s still putting up MVP-like numbers (22.5 points and 7.9 assists) despite only playing in 37 games. Just announced today via NBCChicago.com, Rose became the first Chicago Bull to grace the cover of GQ Magazine since Michael Jordan (who made his appearance back in ’89). With the issue set to grace newsstands everywhere next week, you can preview some of the article after the jump that features quotes from Rose on Michael Jordan, LeBron James’ decision and President Barack Obama.
On 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.
On the people of Chicago:
“Chicago isn’t used to stardom. They still don’t know how to act towards a celebrity, so I always have someone with me. I can have a hat on, glasses, whatever. People still notice me. If I go outside without a hat on, I feel like I’m naked. This lifestyle doesn’t fit my personality.”
On LeBron’s infamous on-air decision to go to the Heat:
“I won’t ever put myself in a bad position so that people can say bad things about me. I make smart decisions. … I’m very mature for 23 years old and I know that whatever I do can hurt someone.”
On President Obama being 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 as 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.”
You can read the full article here.