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Why Derrick Rose isn't your average superstar — “I hate fame. It's just not who I am.”

DRose's answer demonstrates how humble he is, despite all his achievements.
New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

As Derrick Rose enters the twilight end of his illustrious career, fans may be seeing the last of his breed: a humble superstar who hated fame that came with success.

“I hate fame. It’s just not who I am.”

Rose electrified the league when the Chicago Bulls drafted him in 2008 as its 1st overall pick. The Bulls were still finding another hero in the post-Michael Jordan era, and they found one in Derrick. The team went from 33-49 to 62-20 in just two years. For Bulls fans, it gave them another reason to hope for bigger things.

The University of Memphis star became the NBA’s youngest ever MVP at 22 years old and 191 days. However, the fame that came with success and extra attention didn’t sit well with him. This was evident in All-Star game introductions, where Rose didn’t dance with his teammates.

In 2017, Rose admitted he still had not adjusted to being an NBA superstar.

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I picked the profession I’m in, so there’s no way I could whine about it. And I’m blessed enough to be in this position.. [but] I hate fame. It’s just not who I am.

Some call him too serious for such a fun event for the fans, but it’s clear he was not comfortable at that time. And now, it can be revealed Rose didn’t like the extra attention, which was hard to avoid given how good he was at his peak. MVP Rose was just different.

Unfortunately, he played in the same conference as LeBron James. Chicago never reached the Finals despite featuring an MVP, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, and Carlos Boozer.

One of the biggest what-ifs in the NBA

The same mentality kept him going when his career went downhill due to injuries. The truth is we still never saw peak Derrick Rose due to several major injuries. And the reality is that we’ll never know how good he could be because he no longer has the time to prove it.

Rose played for New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Detroit Pistons after his stint with the Bulls. While he still chases that elusive ring to cement his legacy, Pooh isn’t shying away from the grind and process. Instead, he could have joined contenders for a higher chance of winning a ring, but Rose believes he still has what it takes to be a contributor to a rebuilding team.

Derrick Rose is not your average NBA superstar. He was way ahead of his time. Some could have easily given up and just gone away for good had they experienced what Rose went through. But Derrick is a hard worker who wasn’t attracted to the bright lights and all things that glitter. 

The youngest NBA MVP is still on a mission and doesn’t care what you think of him. After securing his future with multi-million deals and coming back from five major injuries, Rose is too far in just to give up.

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