Jerry Krause Rumors
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.
“He outworked everybody,” Reinsdorf said. “If he was scouting a game, he didn’t arrive at game time. He would arrive during the warmups. He wanted to see what players did before the game if it was basketball. If it was baseball, he wanted to be there for batting practice. He also never let his opinions be colored by other scouts. “It’s fairly common in both sports for scouts to be buddy-buddy. They hang out together. They talk about what they’ve seen. But Krause didn’t want anything to do with the other scouts for two reasons: one, he didn’t want to tell them anything, and he didn’t want anything they believed to color his own opinion. It was very important to him that he formulate his own opinions, not be colored by somebody else.”
Scott Williams: “We find ourselves down one late in the game, I’ve got the ball in my hands — I believe it was off an offensive rebound because they really didn’t throw the young college kid the ball very much — and fire one of these textbook, two-hand chest passes that Dean Smith taught me right over to M.J., who’s on the baseline about 19-20 feet out and he goes up, tongue out of his mouth, patented Jordan form on the jumper, right up over the defender and cans the bucket for the win. So he’s the one that makes a call to Jerry Krause leaving that game saying, ‘Hey, I think Scott Williams might be able to help us out.’ … I always say I am the luckiest undrafted player in the history of the NBA, if there is such a thing.”