Jerry Reinsdorf Rumors
The elephant in the room is whether Noah’s contract will haunt Jackson for all four years, considering he already is struggling to find a niche other than rebounding (8.9 per game). The amnesty clause no longer exists and isn’t expected in the new CBA. Noah is 31 and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said in September he’s no longer “a front-line center.’’ NBA TV’s Greg Anthony warned about overreacting to Noah’s sluggish start. “I wouldn’t go there,’’ Anthony told The Post. “When you have a unique understanding of the game like he does, he still has a lot of good years left. I’m not yet concerned about him.’’
A shoulder injury limited Noah to 29 games last season. In fact, he’s missed a total of 68 games the last two years. Many league executives feel the Knicks took too big of a risk for a player who, because of his shoulder and leg injuries, no longer has the lateral movement to make an impact defensively. Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said the team decided not to re-sign Noah because he’s no longer “a front line player.” “He’s entitled to his opinion,’’ Noah said. “I feel I have no regrets about my time in Chicago. I gave it everything I had. To me that’s all that matters.
The Knicks’ $72 million center didn’t think it was beautiful, however, that Bulls longtime owner Jerry Reinsdorf recently said he didn’t believe Noah was “a frontline center’’ any longer. That led to the Bulls trading Derrick Rose to the Knicks and netting Robin Lopez to replace the impending free agent. Noah thought it was “a low blow.’’ “He’s entitled to his opinion,’’ Noah said. “I feel I have no regrets about my time in Chicago. I gave it everything I had. To me that’s all that matters. I did everything I could for that organization. I thought it was a little bit of a low blow, but at the end of the day I have nothing but respect for that organization. I’m just excited for this new chapter of my career.”
“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.”
Tom Izzo was succinct, appreciative, reflective and sincere over the course of his introspective 14-minute speech on the occasion of his Hall of Fame enshrinement Friday night in Springfield, Mass. Izzo, who has 524 wins and counting at Michigan State, and has become one of the most successful and revered college coaches, was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Sheryl Swoopes and Jerry Reinsdorf. “Tonight, other than the birth of my children, is the proudest and greatest achievement of my life,” Izzo said at the podium.
Behind the scenes is still considered to be a different story, however. Having Jordan, a member of the Hall of Fame since 2009, in the building to help present his former owner seems like it would make sense and would be an ovation of good will. But according to Reinsdorf, who spoke with reporters Thursday at the HOF pre-induction press conference, His Airness was already busy. “Actually, I spoke to Michael about that when I first found out that I was going to be going in,” he said. “It turned out that he had a conflict and that he couldn’t make it … I understood. I know he’s telling the truth. I don’t think it was anything made up.