Jerry Krause Rumors
Reinsdorf credited Collins for his “brilliant” coaching mind, changing the culture of the Bulls and never expressing bitterness for getting fired for Jackson after reaching the 1989 Eastern Conference finals. But Reinsdorf said it was Jackson and former general manager Jerry Krause who helped the Bulls achieve his vision of how basketball should be played. Consistent with his message since receiving word he had been chosen to enter the Hall of Fame, Reinsdorf touted Krause’s Hall of Fame credentials. “I would not be standing here tonight were it not for Jerry Krause,” Reinsdorf said.
When Jerry Reinsdorf became chairman of the Bulls in 1985, he knew Jerry Krause as a scout for the White Sox and not much else. That changed after Krause, who had worked in basketball before, called and requested a meeting. “He told me he wanted to be the general manager of the Bulls,” Reinsdorf recalled by phone Friday. “I had a vision of how basketball should be played. And the vision was the Knicks teams that won the championship in 1970 and 1973. I wanted a team that emphasized defense. I wanted a team that on offense had a system where players moved off the ball and the ball moved. The way he thought you built a winning team was exactly what I wanted to do.”
“Trading (Charles) Oakley for (Bill) Cartwright was a risky move. Michael was against it. Charles was his friend and protector. Michael eventually admitted to Jerry it was the right decision. And Jerry admitted to Michael that (drafting) Brad Sellers (in 1986) was the wrong decision. “We got John Paxson for $50,000. It was a tough decision whether to draft Horace (Grant) or Joe Wolf. He was going to go with Joe Wolf but the coaches were so vehement. Even though he had the authority, he decided to listen to the coaches and go with Horace. “And the amazing thing is the second three championships because the only constants were Michael and Scottie. He turned the team over. Going after (Toni) Kukoc was so important.”