Jerry Krause Rumors
The star-studded series also features rare interviews with Jordan and Pippen about Longley as well as the towering Australian’s former Bulls teammate Steve Kerr and coach Phil Jackson. Longley has, until now, declined to comment publicly on The Last Dance, which detailed Jordan’s influence on the all-conquering Bulls team and the brash operation run by then-general manager Jerry Krause.
Then, Jordan revealed he became motivated to play well against Majerle because former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause respected Majerle’s defense. As explained throughout the documentary, Jordan had despised Krause partly because of Krause’s desire to receive more credit for how he evaluated talent and assembled teams. “It’s a point of pride for me,” Majerle said. “You got the greatest player in the world, that has ever played basketball sitting there and talking about that one of his motivations was to kick your ass. That’s not a bad thing.”
It’s safe to say the Chicago Bulls’ rebuilding efforts after the second retirement of Michael Jordan didn’t go very well, but it reportedly wasn’t for lack of ambition. According to NBA veteran Jamal Crawford, who was drafted by the Bulls eighth overall two years after Jordan left the team, general manager Jerry Krause plan to launch the team back into title contention was simple. Sign Tim Duncan, Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill.
Crawford’s retelling of the plan: My first year and second year, we’re the youngest team in the league, right? And the fans knew, like, “OK, it’s going to be a rebuilding year.” But my rookie year, Jerry thought he was going to get Grant Hill, Tim Duncan and T-Mac. So, obviously, MJ just retired, right? We have all this cap space, and so we have all these rookies. And he was like — go back and look, I guarantee Grant, Tim and T-Mac were all free agents. And Jerry wholeheartedly believed we would get all three of them. Even if we get two of them at the time, boom.
Aldridge, who was awarded the Curt Gowdy Media Award by the Basketball Hall of Fame, is aware of the role that the media played in the way Krause is remembered. “He was terrible to the beat writers, and not much better with the columnists in town,” Aldridge said. “So when it came to the time where somebody has to stand up for Jerry Krause, there was nobody because they all couldn’t stand him.”
Drew Shiller: Daryl Morey to Colin Cowherd today regarding former Bulls GM Jerry Krause: “He made a lot of good moves so I respect that. But if you have your best player (Michael Jordan) not liking you, then you are not doing a good job by definition. That is job one.”
Jerry Krause was a good person. That’s what Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf would like you to know about the late general manager. “A really, really good person,” Reinsdorf said in a telephone interview with The Athletic. “He was kind to people. He did a lot of good things, which I don’t think he would want me to talk about so I won’t. But he was a really good person.” Krause passed away three years ago. He was 77.