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Phil Jackson backs Jerry Krause for Hall of Fame

Oct 28, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

Jerry Krause

Phil Jackson and former Bulls GM Jerry Krause are not exactly the best of friends. Their feud helped break up the Bulls dynasty. The two did not speak for more than a decade and it took Tex Winter going into the Hall of Fame — and him wanting those two to kiss and make up… or at least make up — that prompted them to even shake hands.

So it is no small thing that Jackson thinks Krause belongs in the Hall of Fame.

Jackson said as much recently, reports

“I think it will happen,” Jackson said in a radio interview on WMVP-AM 1000. “The Hall of Fame is a strange institution. Because it’s about fame almost more than anything else.

“Jerry has made a name for himself in basketball, and it will probably be there for a long time. He was executive of the year and so forth. But the Hall is more interested in players coming in rather than executives or — matter of fact I think coaches and players probably first and then perhaps executives. So getting around to executives coming in the Hall of Fame I think will take a bit and take a concerted effort.”

Krause did not draft Michael Jordan but he did put the team around him that won rings. It was Krause that made a draft-night trade for Pippen, brought in guys like Horace Grant and Dennis Rodman, and even put Jackson in the coaching chair. He deserves credit for those six banners at the United Center.

As we have discussed before, he will be in the Hall of Fame. Eventually. It’s just a little hard to predict when with that entity.

  1. rajbais - Oct 28, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Talk about a total kiss up job!!!

    Phil don’t be disingenuous!!!! You took scraps, got production out of them, and blended them with more talented players!!!

    If Jerry Krause was so good, why did he bleep up so severely after Jackson left???

  2. mjbulls45 - Oct 28, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    phil is 2 steps ahead of the game…

    read between the lines of what he is saying

  3. wallacejay - Oct 28, 2011 at 4:55 PM

    Would the HOF make his bust all swollen and puffy as well?

  4. 1historian - Oct 29, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    I know it’s not Friday but – “just the facts.”

    1) When Jerry Krause got to Chicago in 1986 they had Michael Jordan.

    2) 5 years later they won the 1st of 6 titles – with the exception of Jordan EVERY SINGLE PLAYER AND COACH on that team was brought to Chicago by Krause.

    3) In the 1988 (?) NBA draft Krause brought 2 players to Chicago – Scotty Pippen and Horace Grant – who became starters on an NBA team that won 2 Championships. The ONLY other GM who ever pulled off something like that is Red Auerbach who did it in the 1980 draft when he brought Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish to the Celtics. (I know they won 3 but McHale was first off the bench as a rookie.)

    4) Between the 1st title in 1991 and the 6th in 1998 there was an 83% personnel turnover – IOW 10 of the 12 players who were on the 1991 team were no longer with the team in 1998. Granted it doesn’t hurt if your remaining 17% are named Jordan and Pippen but that is still an impressive accomplishment.

    5) Had it not been for Jerry Krause no one would have ever heard of Phil Jackson – he was going nowhere when Krause took a chance on him and made him assistant coach and then head coach of the Bulls. It is good of Jackson to say nice things about Krause, and it is also LONG overdue.

    6) On the plane back to Chicago from Utah in 1998 Jordan told Krause he was all done but he was going to delay the announcement due to the upcoming CBA negotiations. He asked Krause to keep it quiet, which Krause did. Jackson was quite public about the fact that he was all done. Pippen had made no secret of his dislike of Krause, one of the main reasons being Krause’s refusal to renegotiate the contract Pippen had signed in 1991. In addition Pippen was damaged goods, and let’s NOT forget that this is a business, as is being demonstrated quite clearly today.

    Start rebuilding around a beat up and embittered Scotty Pippen? Are you serious? So what did Krause do? He signed Pippen to a BIG money contract and then did a sign and trade with Houston. Did Pippen EVER thank him? Not to my knowledge.

    Why do people hate him to this day? In MY opinion – he was short, fat, incredibly uncharismatic and he was Jewish. (Get the book ‘The Jordan Rules’ by Sam Smith and go to page 206.) To me Krause’s biggest sin (?) was his obvious desire to show the world that he could build a winning team w/o Jordan. He obviously couldn’t do it, but there is no denying that he was a vital part of those 6 championships in 8 years and for that he should be in the Hall of Fame.

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