Come on, guys, grow up. Enough is enough. At first the ridiculing of Krause was cute, perhaps even appropriate, but now it comes across as tall men behaving like spoiled, snotty, petty little children.
Why do Jordan and Pippen perpetuate this grudge? Apparently because they can. Krause is defenseless against athletes Chicago worships.
Jordan and Pippen are acting like bullies on the playground picking on a socially awkward kid in unfashionable, ill-fitting clothes.
Isn't it time to get over the animosity and recognize that Jerry Krause was one of the primary reasons the Bulls won six NBA titles in the 1990s?
All last week Pippen was called the perfect complement to Jordan. Well, who do they think was responsible for uniting them?
Krause gave Pippen to Jordan and Jordan to Pippen, and neither won any NBA titles without the other,
Without Krause surrounding them with pieces like Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman, Bill Cartwright, John Paxson, B.J. Armstrong, Ron Harper - well, they wouldn't have become what they became.
Sorry, I'm not buying it.
Jerry Krause told Phil Jackson in 1998 "I don't care if you go 82-0, you're not coming back next year".
Why should Jordan and Pippen ever get over that? Why should any Chicago fan ever get over the fact that Krause was more interested in breaking apart a dynasty than keeping it together?
Why should we get over the fact that Krause absolutely ran this franchise into the ground after the dynasty fell apart?
As a fan, it's hard to forgive Krause for those things, but if you're Pippen or Jordan? Impossible.
If you were at the absolute peak of your profession, and had some cheeseball manager trying to end it, because he was jealous of your personal fame and wanted to prove he could do it without you, and then he booted you out the door, would you ever get over it?
(note, after said cheeseball was successful in kicking you out the door he was a complete unmitigated disaster in trying to recreate something great).
Why should you get over that ever?
Should fans appreciate Jerry Krause some? Yeah, of course.
Did Krause contribute to the dynasty? Absolutely. Whatever you want to say about his hits and misses in terms of personnel, he did enough to win six titles. He certainly didn't screw that part up. He traded up to get Scottie Pippen, he plucked Phil Jackson out of no where. He found Toni Kukoc in Europe. He made some really all-time great moves as GM.
He was basically gifted multiple titles when he took over a team that starts with the greatest player in the history of basketball. At the same time, he didn't leave much on the table in terms of titles achieved either. However, when we had the best thing in the history of basketball going not only did Krause make sure to end it in 98, but he wanted to end it in 97.
If you're married, your spouse probably did many things leading up to that marriage to make you fall in love. Many wonderful, great things. However, if 10 years later she's cheating on you with the mailman, your neighbor, and your best friend while dealing crack to the neighborhood kids and slashing your mom's tires then you're not likely to look back at the beginning of the relationship and tell your friends what a great person she is.
That's Jerry Krause. Yeah, you did a lot of great things early on, but from 97 on his reign of terror was so bad, that it rivals Isiah Thomas as the worst job as general manager in the history of sports. Let's not forget that you tried to trade Scottie Pippen twice, and Jordan had to get a promise from Reinsdorf that if he returned you wouldn't trade Pippen.
Now can we look back and acknowledge that Jerry Krause did a lot of great things over his time as GM. Great things that helped craft our most fond memories? Yes. However, that doesn't tell the whole story, and if I were one of the people intimately involved in the Bulls (Jordan, Pippen, Jackson) than I wouldn't forgive him for the way it ended either.
Even as a fan, it's awfully hard.