For­mer Bulls GM Krause dies at 77

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Jerry Krause, the Chicago Bulls’ gen­eral man­ager dur­ing their 1990s dy­nasty that saw them cap­ture six NBA cham­pi­onships with Michael Jor­dan and Scot­tie Pip­pen lead­ing the way, has died. He was 77.

A Chicago na­tive, Krause spent 18 sea­sons lead­ing the Bulls’ front of­fice and was a two-time NBA ex­ec­u­tive of the year. He helped put to­gether a run that ranks among the most suc­cess­ful in his­tory and made the fran­chise a world­wide brand.

Krause, who al­ways called him­self a scout at heart, re­tired last spring from ma­jor league base­ball’s Di­a­mond­backs. That capped a fivedecade-plus run as a sports ex­ec­u­tive that be­gan when he took a $65-per-week job as an of­fice as­sis­tant for the Chicago Cubs in 1961.

A fi­nal­ist for the Nai­smith Bas­ket­ball Hall of Fame in the con­trib­u­tor cat­e­gory, Krause gained his great­est no­to­ri­ety for en­gi­neer­ing most of the moves to sur­round Jor­dan dur­ing the Bulls’ dy­nasty.

He hired Phil Jackson from the Con­ti­nen­tal Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion as an as­sis­tant to Doug Collins and fired Collins in fa­vor of Jackson fol­low­ing a run to the Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nals in 1989.

Player ac­qui­si­tions in­cluded Toni Ku­coc, Ho­race Grant, Steve Kerry, John Paxon and Den­nis Rod­man.

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