HoopsHype Jerry Krause rumors

March 18, 2014 Updates

The New York Knicks introduced Phil Jackson as team president Tuesday, and during a wide-ranging news conference, he spoke positively of his relationships with Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and former general manager Jerry Krause. Given the occasionally acrimonious relationship with Krause, particularly as the Bulls' dynasty neared its end, the words resonated. And they reached Krause in Arizona, where is employed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. "I appreciate what he said," Krause told the Tribune by phone. "I appreciate he understands the difficulties of the job." Chicago Tribune

July 8, 2012 Updates

As Krause is detailing one friendship, a middle-aged man approaches his breakfast table. He identifies himself as Clark from Chicago. "Mr. Krause," Clark says, "thanks for all you did. We were spoiled." The exchange leads into a discussion of the dynasty, and suddenly Krause is repeating the line that so bothered Jordan. "Here's a ticklish phrase: 'You've won six championships.' No, the organization won six NBA championships," Krause says. "I never have considered that I won anything. I say that and get ripped for it, but it's true. Organizations win championships. Organizations lose championships too. "No player ever won six world championships. He was part of a team. Who put you there? Who helped develop you? Who scouted you? Who coached you? You played all nine positions in baseball? You played all five positions in basketball? Wow, you must be pretty good." Chicago Tribune

Happier times followed. Krause's surprising hire of Doug Collins as coach worked to a point, and then, after a loss to the Pistons in the 1989 Eastern Conference semifinals, came Collins' equally surprising dismissal — and the ascension of Jackson. "I called Phil, sat him down in the office and said, 'Here's what it is. Go get 'em, Big Fella,' " Krause says. "Then I told him, 'Go back to Montana, let the media firestorm die down and this sink in.' " What did Krause see in Jackson, whom he had hired as Collins' assistant out of relative obscurity from the Continental Basketball Association? "I saw Bill Fitch," Krause says. "I saw Red Holzman. I saw a different breed of cat. I saw a drive in him. He tried to get a coaching job in the NBA for four or five years, and everybody turned him down. Everybody thought he was crazy. I was the only one who didn't think he was too crazy. I thought he was a little goofy. But I also thought he'd be a great defensive coach. "I told Jerry what I saw. He said, 'OK.' And the rest is history." Chicago Tribune

Krause turned 73 in April. Nine years have passed since the general manager for all six Bulls title teams left the franchise under the softening caveat of health reasons. He has scouted for the Yankees, Mets, White Sox and Diamondbacks since, running his resume total to eight baseball and four basketball teams. Fifty-one years after leaving Bradley University to take a $65-per-week job as a glorified gofer for the Cubs, Krause's excitement for scouting remains — on most days — as bright as the yellow polo shirt he is wearing atop blue chinos. "What the hell else would I do?" Krause says. "If I didn't work, I'd probably go goofy." Krause has kept a low profile since his successful and polarizing Bulls run ended. He has stayed mostly silent as he gets alternately vilified or praised. But he accepted the Tribune's request to revisit his Chicago roots, to be watched plying his trade, to tell his story. Chicago Tribune

"Scouting is a solitary life," he says. "And I'm stubborn; I didn't talk to other guys. But, hell, when I was young, older scouts never said hello to younger scouts. You had to prove who you were. Then maybe they'd talk to you. "When I took the general managing thing, all of a sudden, here I am in the public eye. That's a whole different story. People say, 'Do you wish you had treated the media better?' I might've been treated better, but we might not have been able to do the things we did. If I had said something to somebody before the Pippen draft, it would've got out. We were able to do that, and nobody had a clue in the world that we were interested in Pippen. Not one person." Krause admits that after a bout with pneumonia in spring training, his stamina isn't the same. Air conditioning in his hotel rooms and rain delays at the park make him cranky. So how much longer will he work?"If I'm not good physically, I won't work because I'd be cheating the organization," he says. Chicago Tribune

June 11, 2012 Updates

Jordan saves his biggest zinger for longtime Bulls general manager-foil Jerry Krause, who had drafted Toni Kukoc from Croatia, the Dream Team's second-round opponent and gold-medal game victim. "Krause was recruiting this guy, talking how great he was," Jordan says in the film. "That's like a father who has all his kids and now he sees another kid that he loves more than he loves his own. So we were not playing against Toni Kukoc. We were playing against Jerry Krause in a Croatian uniform." Adds Pippen: "We were going to give (Kukoc) the worst experience he ever had on the basketball court. We wanted to go guard him on the bench." Chicago Tribune

February 8, 2012 Updates
November 12, 2011 Updates

Jerry Krause, the general manager for six Bulls championship teams, and Johnny Bach, assistant coach for three, are first-time nominees for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame's Class of 2012, league sources said. Krause, currently a baseball scout for the Diamondbacks, spent 18 seasons with the Bulls and earned NBA Executive of the Year honors following the 1987-88 and 1995-96 seasons. Chicago Tribune

Krause also hit on draft picks like Toni Kukoc and Horace Grant and signed free-agent role players such as John Paxson, Steve Kerr and Ron Harper to play instrumental parts on title teams. "You work all those years and you never think about the Hall of Fame," Krause said by phone while acknowledging he hasn't received official notification. "You just go do your job and good things happen. But it's an honor even to be nominated. I'm happy for my family." Last August in Springfield, Mass., before serving as presenter for both Winter and Rodman, Jackson endorsed Krause for the Hall of Fame. In an interview last spring with the Tribune, team Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf did the same. "Look at all the great teams he built," Reinsdorf said then. Chicago Tribune

November 11, 2011 Updates

Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond, Jerry Krause and Vlade Divac top the list of new nominees with league ties for the Hall of Fame, NBA.com learned Friday. They are among a field that joins returning headliner Reggie Miller as candidates for the Class of 2012 in Springfield, Mass. The group is, in many ways, a continuation of the '11 class. Chris Mullin was inducted in August, and now friends and Run TMC namemates Richmond and Hardaway are hoping to follow. The strength of the Divac nomination is his international impact and contribution to the worldwide growth of the game, much the same way Arvydas Sabonis was elected, with his NBA contributions secondary on the resume. NBA.com

August 16, 2011 Updates

During the playoffs, Pippen indicated to me that he would have no problem visiting with Krause, that the hard feelings no longer seemed that important. Whether Jordan, known for harboring hard feelings for years that feed his competitiveness, will be able to make the same concessions remains to be seen. HoopsHype

August 13, 2011 Updates
August 12, 2011 Updates

As soon as Krause was hired as general manager in 1985, he hired Winter as an assistant coach. He wanted him to work with his big men, because he knew that Jordan would make it impossible for them to ever draft high enough to get the good ones. Someday, too, Krause thought the triangle could be transcendent in the NBA. He hired Jackson out of the Continental Basketball Association as an assistant to Doug Collins, when Jackson feared he could be driving team vans back and forth to Maine forever. “No one wanted to hire him,” Krause said. “He would’ve gone home and been a lawyer in North Dakota.” Yahoo! Sports

“Who was the easiest guy to blame? The short, fat guy,” Krause said. “He negotiated the contracts. He’s easy to blame. It happened, we were winning, and I didn’t give a damn. Was it fun? No, it wasn’t fun. But I understood what he was doing. I also know where his ego went, but as time passed, I learned a lot more about him, a lot that I didn’t realize, and, oh boy, did that make me never want to talk to him again.” Yahoo! Sports

“Michael has criticized me a lot through the years, and I’m sure that’s contributed a lot to [his perception]. Anything Michael says, it’s like it’s coming from god. He didn’t help. But I’ll tell you this: If I hadn’t said no to Michael when I did, we might not have ever won. He might have had a wrecked career. “I think Michael probably thinks differently now, although maybe his ego won’t let him.” Yahoo! Sports

May 19, 2011 Updates
April 5, 2011 Updates

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