Chicago Bulls star and NBA MVP Derrick Rose has earned enough clout during his short time on the court that he's already earning comparisons to Chicago's biggest basketball legend, Michael Jordan.
Add one more to the mix: Rose will be the first Chicago Bull since His Airness to grace the cover of GQ magazine in their upcoming May issue.
The feature includes Rose speaking candidly on how his predecessor's legacy has affected him.
"I've run into him a couple of times, but we don't have a relationship," he told GQ. "His titles drive me. I'm not scared of him; if anything, it makes me work harder when I do train."
Rose also mentions that Jordan's habit of dressing up in suits before games and off the court has influenced his style, which he showcases in a photo spread modeling high-end casual wear.
The self-proclaimed "most stylish man on the Bulls" also sounds off on his relationship with the city as he has become a household name even outside Chicago.
“Chicago isn't used to stardom," he told GQ. "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."
The 23-year-old Chicago native has been with the Bulls since 2008, and was named Rookie of the Year that same season. He went on to join the 2010 NBA All-Star team before being named the youngest-ever NBA MVP in 2011.
Though Rose has struggled with a foot injury as of late, he has had plenty else to be cheery about. According to a recent report, Rose will be a father in the fall. Earlier this year, he purchased a $2.8 million, 3,102-square-foot condo on the 84th floor of the Trump Tower in downtown Chicago.
The issue hits news stands April 24. Will you pick up a copy? Tell us in the comments.
Check out photo's of Rose's style, and how it's evolved:
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