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Toni Kukoc
Toni Kukoc
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Born: 09/18/68
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Earnings: $61,488,033 ($92,445,043*)
Retired Chicago Bulls great Toni Kukoc and his wife, Renata, sold their longtime, contemporary-style house in Highland Park on Oct. 15 for $920,000. The Croatia-born forward played for the Bulls from 1993 until 2000, helping the team win six NBA titles. After retiring from his playing career in 2006, Kukoc most recently has been a special adviser to Michael Reinsdorf, the Bulls’ president and chief operating officer.
Why was the decision made to really elevate Steve Kerr especially with respect to the 1998 playoffs? He was always a role player. Meanwhile, Toni Kukoc kept them alive in Game 7 versus Indiana. Jason Hehir:We needed to find places within the doc to tell individual backstories. Toni’s was in Episode 5 when he faced the Dream Team. Steve’s was in Episode 9 when he hit his famous ’97 Finals shot. Hardcore NBA/Bulls fans couldn’t be our target audience, but unfortunately they’re our biggest critics because they wanted this largely to be about on-court events. We had to keep in mind that our audience is also the 20-year -old kid from France who barely knows what basketball even is. The amount of positive response we’ve gotten from countries that aren’t basetkball-crazy tells me we struck the right balance. I hope so, anyway.
Having conducted a vast amount of interviews, the crew behind “The Last Dance” gave voice to many people to tell the story of Michael Jordan‘s career with the Chicago Bulls. But how exactly was interview time distributed in the final cut? We watched the 10 episodes of the documentary clock in hand to find out. Of course Michael Jordan was going to be No. 1, but you may be surprised to know Steve Kerr was second in the minute count and Scottie Pippen only No. 4. (Although that’s way better than Toni Kukoc, arguably the third-best player on the 1998 championship squad).
Storyline: Michael Jordan Documentary
Kornel David: “Obviously, the team wasn’t really good; actually, it was bad. Toni Kukoc was the best player, by far, on that team. Toni was absolutely fantastic. He was already my favorite player before I went to the Bulls and then he was incredible that year. Ron Harper was still on the team, but he was going downhill of his career and he was hurt, so he wasn’t the same as before.” Dickey Simpkins: “Toni was the most underrated complementary star in the NBA, and then he transitioned into being ‘the man’ for us in the latter part of his career. Toni was an unbelievable player and talent, and he was an unbelievable teammate off the court.”
It’s nonsense, of course. Krause was one of the keenest basketball minds of his generation, an ex–baseball scout turned NBA general manager who inherited a team with Jordan and proceeded to build out a roster around him. It was Krause who pulled off one of the great drafts in league history, in 1987, when he acquired Scottie Pippen in a draft-day trade with Seattle and scooped up Horace Grant a few picks later. It was Krause who pulled Jackson from the basketball bushes, plucking Jackson out of the CBA in ’87 to work as an assistant to Doug Collins, elevating him to head coach two years later. And it was Krause who used a second-round pick in 1990 on Toni Kukoc, nabbing a playmaking, sweet-shooting European big man years before NBA teams started scouring the globe for them.
Jerry Krause: During the last championship run in 1998, cracks in the foundation of the teams we’d built began to alarmingly show up at inopportune times. To the adoring public, the age that was showing on Dennis Rodman, the lack of movement by Luc Longley, the slowdown in efficiency after playing over 100 games per year in two of the previous three seasons, was not apparent. The lack of recovery time in the summer, where beaten-up legs could have enough time on (strength and conditioning coach) Al Vermeil’s summer program to gain back the strength they’d lost in playing far longer than any other team in the league, never struck the fans or the media. The fact that winning titles meant drafting last each year in what at the time were poor draft crops meant nothing. We’d gotten lucky in 1990 in that most NBA people did not think that Toni Kukoc would even come to the NBA, and he’d fallen to early in the second round where we had a pick.
In his unfinished and unpublished memoir that Krause’s family has shared with NBC Sports Chicago, Krause showered praise on Toni Kukoc, Steve Kerr and Pete Myers, and wrote that “everyone on the roster contributed.” But he saved his biggest praise for Scottie Pippen. “He stepped up,” Krause wrote. “He had his best all-around season of his 17-year career.” This is no small admission given the oft-contentious relationship that Krause and Pippen shared. But it also proves how Krause used a scout’s eye to analyze even his most complex relationships. For instance, in his writings, while acknowledging Pippen as “often difficult,” he defended him for missing part of Game 7 of the 1990 Eastern Conference finals with a migraine headache. “Scottie wanted to come back in that game,” Krause wrote. “Our team doctor told me he would resign on the spot if I let him.”