Jerry Reinsdorf criticises Joakim Noah while explaining Derrick Rose's trade

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Jerry Reinsdorf enjoyed huge success off the bat with the Chicago Bulls but the post-Michael Jordan era has been far less successful.

The owner was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year alongside NBA legends Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson, and he has been speaking about what the future holds for the organisation.

Chicago has seen a huge overhaul of talent since they missed out on the playoffs; Pau Gasol has gone, Joakim Noah was a free agent and Derrick Rose was traded to the New York Knicks.

During the Hall of Fame press conference, Reinsdorf gave his view on the Rose trade and also had a damning assessment of Noah, who has linked with his former teammate in New York.

"What we felt was it was time," Reinsdorf said of Rose's trade. "We felt Joakim wasn't going to be a frontline guy anymore. I was pretty confident that Pau (Gasol) was going to leave.

"So it was important for us to get the center in (Robin) Lopez. It was time for Derrick to go on and play someplace else and try to establish himself. Gar and Pax were high on the Grant kid (Jerian). We thought that was the necessary first step no matter how we were going to go."

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