The 23-year-old basketball superstar is featured in a column titled “The Rose Revolution,” in which he opens up about everything from being compared to Michael Jordan to feeling like a recluse.
Highlights from Derrick’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to GQ!
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 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, 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.?
On the attention he receives for his playing:
?The more you win, the more they come. Don?t get me wrong. I don?t take anything for granted. But it seems like the better I play, the more attention I get. And I can?t get away from it. You play great, you get attention. But I hate attention. It is weird. I?m in a bind.?
On the people of Chicago:
?Chicago isn?t used to stardom. ?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.?
On feeling like a recluse:
?It gets on my nerves that I can?t just go out. 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.?
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 sat 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.?