Posts Tagged ‘Jerry Krause’

JERRY KRAUSE IS STILL KILLING THE BULLS

May 29, 2010

JERRY KRAUSE

Twelve years after the Chicago Bulls kicked Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson to the curb, the club is finally paying the price for their douchebaggery.

It has been reported that current star NBA free agents LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Joe Johnson, all represented by the same sports agency, were willing to work in concert to determine their new teams. Apparently, Chicago won’t be a destination for any of the superstar trio of free agents. At least according to Wade.

Wade is a Chicago native who played his college basketball at nearby Marquette. He was a 16-year-old high school student when Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and GM Jerry Krause unceremoniously dumped Jordan, Pippen and Jackson in 1998 following a sixth NBA championship. Chicago had just pulled off another three-peat when Krause proclaimed, “Individuals don’t win championships. Organizations do.” Wrong! At least if the individualis Michael Jordan.

The Bulls have been crap ever since. Wade blasted the Bulls earlier this week, accusing them of disloyalty.

LEAST SURPRISING STORY IN HISTORY: JERRY KRAUSE SAYS HE AND MJ STILL “AREN’T CLOSE”

September 6, 2009

 

JERRY KRAUSE

Former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause is an accident of history. He just happened to be sitting in the GM chair when both Houston and Portland passed on Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft. Jordan fell into his lap (or rather lack thereof) and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael Jordan and the Bulls won six NBA Championships. Exactly 0.00% of that is attributable to Krause.

However, Chicago sports fans don’t remember Krause for the championships he (Jordan) won. They despise him for the ones they didn’t win but could have. Jabba The Bull famously jettisoned Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson following the team’s sixth NBA Championship and second Three-peat in 1998.

Krause recently did an interview with the Boston Globe. He admitted to the paper that he and Jordan “were not close and we’re not close today.”

Geeze, no kidding. Is it because:

A) You cheated the city of Chicago, Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan out of even more championships

B) You repeatedly screwed Jordan out of money. He never made as much money from the Bulls as he did from Nike and actually took PAY CUTS on multiple occassions so that the the team could add players

C) You rewarded his years of loyal service and six banners by crapping all over him to save money

or

D) you ruined the Bulls franchise so badly after his departure that they still haven’t gotten over it

 

Actually, the correct answer is either E) “all of the above” or F) Krause won’t stop lying about Jordan, Jackson et al in a feeble effort to make his legacy look better.

Krause tells the Globe, for instance, that Jordan “wanted to take Joe Wolf” of North Carolina the year that HE drafted Pippen. This is a lie. The Bulls never drafted Pippen. Seattle did with the fifth pick in the 1987 Draft.

Krause also badmouthed Bulls coach Phil Jackson so badly that, according to no less an author than David Halberstam, by 1998, he promised the Zen Master, “I don’t care if it’s 82-and-0 this year, you’re f#@*&ing  gone.”

Not only did Krause run Jackson out of town, but he dumped Jordan and Pippen as well. AFTER they won a sixth championship. Krause said he didn’t want to end up “like the Jazz” or the Celtics (you know, reward Hall-of-Fame players for their years of loyal service.) Krause then uttered the most memorably inaccurate phrase in the history of sports. Referring to Jordan, Krause proclaimed, “Players don’t win championships. Organizations do.”

That’s great. It infers that Jordan and Jackson had nothing to do with Chicago’s success. It was all Jerry Krause, baby. Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf idiotically sided with Krause who managed to hang on for another five years following his little coup d’etat. In those five seasons, the Bulls went 13-37, 17-65, 21-61, and 30-52. That’s a winning percentage of .254 without Jordan.

Krause literally replaced Michael Jordan with Brent Barry. Despite having tons of cap room and high lottery picks every season, Krause was a complete and utter failure. Some organization. Some GM.