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Jerry Krause was a longtime professional basketball scout and general manager for, among other franchises, the Baltimore Bullets and, most notably, the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. He is a two-time recipient of the NBA's Executive of the Year award. This article is about the sport. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... Washington Bullets redirects here. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... NBA redirects here. ... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...

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Early career

Krause was born in 1939 and grew up in Chicago. As a youth, he played high school baseball as a catcher at Taft High School in Chicago and received a scholarship to Bradley University where he played baseball until he suffered a shoulder injury. Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the sport. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Bradley University is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois ( , , ). It is a medium sized institution with an enrollment of approximately 6,100 undergraduate and postgraduate students. ...


After college he went to work as a scout with the Baltimore Bullets. Early on Krause gained a reputation of being able to eye talent. He is credited for discovering some future hall of famers such as Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Scottie Pippen, and Horace Grant. Obese, Krause was nicknamed "Crumbs" because his clothes were frequently stained with residue from snacks.[1] Washington Bullets redirects here. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players...


While with the Bullets, he had urged the team to pick a North Dakota forward named Phil Jackson in the 1967 NBA Draft. The Bullets did not draft him, but Krause continued to keep in touch during Jackson's playing career and into his first years as a coach. Their relationship flourished during the 1970s and 1980s; notably, when Jackson was coaching the Albany Patroons in the Continental Basketball Association, Krause once called him requesting an analysis of the league's players, which Jackson provided in great detail.[2] Logo of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux The North Dakota Fighting Sioux is the name of the athletic teams of the University of North Dakota (UND) which is located in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota, in the United States. ... This article is about the basketball coach. ... 1967 NBA Draft Round One Round Two Categories: | ... The Albany Patroons are a basketball team that play in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) and the United States Basketball League (USBL). ... The Continental Basketball Association (CBA) is a professional mens basketball league in the United States. ...


After a few years with Baltimore, Krause worked as a scout with the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls in the 1970s before he left pro basketball to scout pro baseball instead. He was scouting for the Chicago White Sox when he received a call from new Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf to join the Bulls as their new General Manager and once again work in pro basketball. The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The Philadelphia 76ers (also known as the Sixers for short) are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Jerry Reinsdorf (born February 25, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York) is the owner of Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. ...


The Chicago Bulls

Krause succeeded Rod Thorn as Chicago Bulls GM in 1985, and began to build a champion around Michael Jordan, who was considered one of the great up and coming players in the NBA. He is credited with surrounding Jordan with the role players that finally brought the Bulls an NBA championship. Rodney King Rod Thorn (born May 23, 1941 in Princeton, West Virginia) is the president and general manager of the NBAs New Jersey Nets. ... The Chicago Bulls are a professional basketball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... This article is about the year. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


Drafting

Krause found two gems in the 1987 draft: Scottie Pippen, an ultra-athletic small forward from the small University of Central Arkansas; and Horace Grant, a tough power forward from Clemson. The two were, along with Jordan, cornerstones of the Bulls' 1991-1993 Championship teams.[3] They were also culled from relative hoops obscurity; this went back to Krause's strength for finding players who were not well-received or even known by mainstream scouts. Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... The University of Central Arkansas is a state-run institution located in the city of Conway, the seat of Faulkner County, north of Little Rock. ... Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965 in Augusta, Georgia) is a retired American basketball player. ... Clemson University is a public, coeducational, land-grant, research university located in Clemson, South Carolina, United States. ...


However, Krause also made some picks that didn't sit well with fans. In 1986, Krause planned on selecting a tall forward named Brad Sellers in the NBA Draft. Sellers, Krause reasoned, was too good a pick to pass up, as he handled the ball very well for a big man, and also had a solid outside jumper. Jordan, on the other hand, pushed management to take a two-way guard from Duke named Johnny Dawkins. It looked like Krause would take Dawkins even as late as the morning of the draft; the coaches and players had made it clear that they wanted him and not Sellers, and Krause didn't particularly have a problem with Dawkins' game. The Bulls' head coach at the time, Doug Collins, even told Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski the night before the draft that the team would pick Dawkins. However, Krause ignored everyone and picked Sellers anyway, and spent the summer trying to sell him to Jordan. Jordan went after Sellers mercilessly in practice. Sellers was out of the league in a matter of years.[4] Bradley Donn Sellers (born December 17, 1962 in Warrensville Heights, Ohio) is an American former professional basketball player. ... NCAA Tournament Champions 1991, 1992, 2001 NCAA Tournament Final Four 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004 Conference Tournament Champions 1938, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1960, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 Conference Regular Season... Johnny Dawkins (born September 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C.) is a former star college basketball player at Duke University and point guard for the Philadelphia 76ers and is currently the associate head coach at Duke. ... For the Canadian journalist and Holocaust denier see Doug Collins (journalist) Paul Douglas Collins (born July 28, 1951 in Christopher, Illinois), better known as Doug Collins, is a former NBA basketball player and announcer who has also been the head coach of a number of NBA teams. ... Michael William Krzyzewski (; in American English transliteration shuh-shef-skee; born February 13, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois), often referred to as Coach K due to the difficult pronunciation of his surname, is the head coach of the Duke University mens basketball team. ...


Sellers was not Krause's last first-round draft pick to underperform; others included Stacey King, Will Perdue, Marcus Fizer, Mark Randall, and to a lesser extent, Eddy Curry. Stacey King coaching a game Ronald Stacey Freeze it King (born January 29, 1967 in Lawton, Oklahoma, USA) is an American former NBA center who won three consecutive championships with the Chicago Bulls from 1991 to 1993. ... William Edward Perdue (born August 29, 1965 in Melbourne, Florida) is a former professional basketball player in the NBA. Following a stellar college career at Vanderbilt University, in which he was named Southeastern Conference player of the year and SEC male athlete of the year in 1988, he was selected... Darnell Marcus Lamar Fizer (born August 10, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... Eddy Curry Jr. ...


The Oakley trade

Krause made another transaction in 1988 to which Jordan strongly objected. It was clear that the Bulls needed a center if they were to contend for a title, so Krause dealt Charles Oakley to New York for Bill Cartwright. Oakley, who happened to be Jordan's best friend on the team,[5] was extremely tough, particularly on the boards and on defense. Cartwright was a true center, unlike the power forward Oakley, but was much older. Although Cartwright did not have Oakley's reputation as a lockdown defender, he was very effective at preventing opposing centers from dominating games,[6] and was a more capable inside scorer. Jordan despised the trade, not only because of the players involved but also because of how they learned of it: via television, while he and Oakley were on their way to Las Vegas to see a Mike Tyson fight.[7] Cartwright turned out to be everything the Bulls needed, however, providing a presence in the middle for all three Bulls championships from 1991-1993. Perhaps most importantly, Cartwright proved to be the league's best center at defending Patrick Ewing, the New York Knicks' star who was the key player on the Bulls' most important early-1990s conference rival.[8] Jordan later admitted that he may have been wrong and Krause may have been right about the trade,[9] but it changed nothing about Jordan's overall distrust and hatred for Krause. These feelings came to the surface in many different ways, with one of the most unusual coming in the 1992 Olympics, when the Dream Team, including Jordan and Pippen, took on Croatia for the gold medal. The Croatia team featured Toni Kukoč, a young star whom Krause had discovered through European contacts and was courting to a degree that some of the Bulls found annoying.[10] Jordan biographer David Halberstam said that Jordan and Pippen "seemed to play against Kukoc as if they had a vendetta," and that "In the end, it was as if they had been playing not against Kukoc but against Krause."[11] Jordan would later be quoted as saying: "The trade of Oakley was good, and the best thing he did was to get Pippen and Grant. That's it. His claim to fame is that he drafted Earl Monroe for the Bullets. And I say to him, `What pick was that?' He says, `Two.' And I say, `Hell! Earl Monroe was a real secret, huh? A real secret? If you hadn't taken him, he'd have gone third!'" [1] Charles Oakley (born December 18, 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player who played power forward in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. ... James William Bill Cartwright (born July 30, 1957 in Lodi, California) is a retired American NBA basketball player, a 71 (2. ... For further information, see Las Vegas metropolitan area and Las Vegas Strip. ... Michael Gerard Tyson (born June 30, 1966) is a former two-time American world heavyweight boxing champion and is the youngest man to have won a world heavyweight title. ... Patrick Aloysius Ewing (born August 5, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Knicks redirects here. ... Final results for the Basketball competition at the 1992 Summer Olympics. ... The United States mens national basketball team is the representative for the United States of America in international mens basketball. ... Toni Kukoč (born September 18, 1968 in Split) is a renowned Croatian basketball player. ... This article is about the author and journalist. ...


Rebuilding after the first retirement of Jordan

The first retirement of Jordan, following the 1993 NBA season, brought massive change to the Chicago Bulls roster. Krause attempted to replace Jordan with defensive specialist Pete Myers and free agent Ron Harper, but neither proved capable of leading Chicago to a championship, although Harper would play an invaluable role in the second "three-peat". Just before Jordan announced his retirement, Krause was finally able to persuade Kukoč to buy himself out of his European contract and join the Bulls.[12] The 1993-94 Bulls made it to the conference semi-finals, where they lost to the New York Knicks in seven games. The Bulls had beaten the Knicks in the playoffs the three previous years. Pete Myers (1963 - ) is an NBA coach and former player. ... Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the NBA. At 6 ft 6 in (1. ...


When Jordan returned to the NBA at the end of the 1995 season, Krause once again went to work in assembling what has been labeled the best team in NBA history after offseason acquisition of Dennis Rodman from the Spurs. The Bulls won an NBA record 72 games and Krause was named Executive of the Year for the second time. Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times, along with five... The NBA Executive of the Year Award is the award given by the National Basketball Association to the leagues best front office executive. ...


"The Last Dance"

Krause and head coach Phil Jackson had been friends for years, but their relationship was, in Jackson's opinion, shattered early in the 1990s after Chicago Tribune reporter Sam Smith published a book on the 1991 title team, The Jordan Rules. The book detailed the tension that already existed between Krause and the players, and ultimately drove a wedge between Krause and Jackson.[13] Regardless of the success Jackson had as head coach of the Bulls, the tension between Jackson and Krause grew in the succeeding years, and by the 1997-98 season, was especially illustrated by the following incidents: This article is about the basketball coach. ... // The Chicago Tribune is a major daily newspaper based in Chicago, Illinois and owned by the Tribune Company. ...

  • During the summer of 1997, Krause's stepdaughter got married. All of the Bulls assistant coaches and their wives were invited to the wedding, as was Tim Floyd, then the head coach at Iowa State, whom Krause was openly courting as Jackson's successor (and who would eventually succeed Jackson). Jackson and his wife at the time, June, were not even told of the wedding, much less invited, only finding out about the event when the wife of Cartwright, who by that time had become a Bulls assistant, asked June what she would be wearing to the reception.[14]
  • After contentious negotiations between Jackson and the Bulls in that same period, Jackson was signed for the 1997-98 season only. Krause announced the signing in what Chicago media widely considered to be a mean-spirited manner, emphasizing that Jackson would not be rehired even if the Bulls won the 1997-98 title. That triggered an argument between Jackson and Krause in which Jackson essentially told Krause that he seemed to be rooting for the other side and not the Bulls. At that point, Krause told Jackson, "I don't care if it's 82-and-0 this year, you're fucking gone."[15]
  • Krause publicly portrayed Jackson as a two-faced character who had very little regard for his assistant coaches, a perception that certain Krause associates in the Bulls organization had sought to spread about Jackson. At the height of the hard feelings in the spring of 1998, one of Krause's scouts went to press row in Chicago's United Center to explain to a reporter the insidious nature of Jackson's ego. (excerpt from the Phil Jackson biography Mindgames) Jerry Krause

The 1998 season was labelled the "Last Dance" after several key members of the Bulls faced free agency in the upcoming season.[citation needed] Pippen, who had long desired a massive contract extension after years of being underpaid, criticized Krause and threatened to leave following the season.[citation needed] Amid the distractions, the Bulls won their sixth title in eight years. Tim Floyd (born February 25, 1954) is the current head coach of the University of Southern California mens college basketball team. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The United Center is an indoor sports arena located in the Near West Side community area of Chicago, Illinois, named after its corporate sponsor, United Airlines. ...


After the Bulls' final title of the Jordan era in 1998, Jackson left the team vowing never to coach again but after he took a year off he decided to give it another chance with the Lakers.


Rebuilding

Deciding that the Bulls were aging and facing an uncertain future, Krause chose to unload the veterans and rebuild. His original intentions were to compile an a very young team that would grow slowly, while obtaining draft picks and making runs at possible free agents.[citation needed] Few major players were added though (other than from drafts), as notable free agents such as Tim Duncan, Grant Hill, and Tracy McGrady, and lesser free agents Eddie Jones and Tim Thomas chose not to sign with the Bulls.[citation needed] At least one star, Kevin Garnett, stated publicly that the manner of the break-up and the treatment of Jordan and Pippen by the team meant that he would not consider playing for the Bulls.[citation needed] Timothy Tim Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976 in Christiansted, St. ... Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972)) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the NBAs Orlando Magic. ... Tracy Lamar McGrady Jr (born May 24, 1979, in Bartow, Florida) is an American professional basketball player, currently positioned at starting shooting guard for the Houston Rockets in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Eddie Charles Jones (born October 20, 1971 in Pompano Beach, Florida) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Dallas Mavericks. ... Timothy Mark Thomas (born on February 26, 1977 in Paterson, New Jersey) is a professional basketball player in the NBA currently with the Chicago Bulls. ... Kevin Maurice Garnett (born May 19, 1976 in Mauldin, South Carolina) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Boston Celtics. ...


Younger talent

Krause decided to focus on building through the draft and the notion that the Bulls would "grow its own stars".[citation needed] The draft brought prolific collegiate players such as Elton Brand, Ron Artest, Marcus Fizer, Jamal Crawford, and Jay Williams to the Bulls but it would be the 2001 draft that stood out. After finishing 15-67 during the 2000-2001 season, Krause decided to gamble and trade away his best player in Brand for high schooler Tyson Chandler who was hyped as "the next Kevin Garnett", and draft another high schooler in Eddy Curry who, similarly, was hyped as a slightly smaller version of Shaquille O'Neal, with the fourth overall pick in the draft. Elton Tyron Brand (born March 11, 1979 in Peekskill, New York) is an American All-Star professional basketball player for the National Basketball Associations Los Angeles Clippers and the USA National Team. ... Ronald (Ron) William Artest Jr. ... Darnell Marcus Lamar Fizer (born August 10, 1978 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player. ... Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980 in Seattle, Washington) is an American NBA shooting guard currently with the New York Knicks. ... Jason Jay Williams (born September 10, 1981 in Plainfield, New Jersey) is an American professional basketball player. ... Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982 in Hanford, California) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets of the NBA. Standing 71, he plays at the power forward and center positions. ... Eddy Curry Jr. ... Shaquille Rashaun ONeal (pronounced sha-KEEL; born March 6, 1972), frequently referred to simply as Shaq, is an American professional basketball player, regarded as one of the most dominant in the history of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ...


Krause believed that the tandem of Chandler and Curry would develop into elite players and provide the foundation for another dynasty. A mid-season trade the following year brought scorer Jalen Rose to the Bulls in exchange for Brad Miller and Artest which cleared playing time for the two rookies. After drafting Jay Williams during the offseason, the Bulls had a roster with Rose, Crawford, Curry, Chandler, Williams, and Fizer that fulfilled Krause's dream of a talented young athletic team. The Bulls showed some improvement the following year. Jalen Anthony Rose (born January 30, 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former American professional basketball player in the NBA currently working for ESPN. In college he was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines Fab Five (along with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson) that... Bradley Alan Miller (born April 12, 1976 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a two-time NBA All-Star, currently starting at center for the Sacramento Kings. ...


Retirement

However, in 2003, Krause retired as GM. While the official explanation involved obesity related health problems, team insiders suggested that Krause may have been told that his tenure was over and given the chance to resign rather than be fired.[citation needed] The Bulls fell to 23-59 in the next season, and Krause's dream of a talented young athletic team imploded with all of his draft picks and signings traded or out of the league within three years, and all remnants of Krause were gone from the Bulls in 2006 when Chandler was traded away. Curry and Chandler have had success in the league, but perhaps have not lived up to the lofty expectations that Krause had. Meanwhile, former players Brand, Miller and Artest became All-Stars for their new teams. Krause went back to his roots and worked briefly for the New York Yankees baseball team as a scout, before joining the New York Mets in 2005. He now lives in suburban Chicago with his wife and appears occasionally on sports radio as an analyst. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... This article is about the sport. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42, Shea Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964-present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ Halberstam, David (1999). Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made. New York: Random House, p. 196. ISBN 0679415629. 
  2. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 198.
  3. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 200.
  4. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 204.
  5. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 246.
  6. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 279-80.
  7. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 200.
  8. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 246.
  9. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 247.
  10. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 288-89.
  11. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 289.
  12. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 289.
  13. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 311-15.
  14. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 249.
  15. ^ Halberstam, Playing for Keeps, p. 41. The "82" refers to the number of regular-season games each NBA team plays.
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