Krause’s wheeling and dealing to acquire Pippen in a …

Krause’s wheeling and dealing to acquire Pippen in a 1987 draft-day trade on the same night he selected Horace Grant — with an assist from then-coach Doug Collins — marked one of the most important nights in franchise history and set the stage for the first three-peat. In this excerpt, Krause wistfully wrote about the first time he saw Pippen play at the Portsmouth Invitational in Virginia, an annual predraft showcase: Love at first sight — pure scouting love. Sitting high in the stands away from the other teams’ scouts and general managers as the teams came out to warm up before the last game of the tournament’s first round, I looked at (Bulls scout) Billy (McKinney) and said, ‘That’s Pippen, isn’t it?’ I could tell by his long arms. And the rest of the body — the shoulders, the feet. Wow. I’m thinking, ‘If he can play, this could be something.’
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