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    Talking Jerry Krause of the Bulls RESIGNS!!

    Jerry "organizations win championships; not players" Krause resigned fom the Chicago Bulls due to health reasons.


    uh huh, and if you believe that was the reason he stepped down, then I am in line to be the next Kobe Bryant in a few years.


    Krause was an absolute joke, hated by many many Chicago fans (I know, b/c I lived in Chicago for 4 years, during the Jordan title runs). With the exception of drafting Scottie Pippen, all Krause ever did was take up space in Chicago.

    Bulls' Krause steps down due to health problems
    April 7, 2003 wire reports

    CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause resigned Monday, citing health problems, after helping build the dominant NBA team of the 1990s and then struggling to rebuild.

    With Krause as GM, the Bulls won six titles behind the play of Michael Jordan. But Chicago has bottomed out since Jordan left after the final championship in 1998.

    At 27-50 through Monday, Chicago will finish with a losing record for the fifth straight season and miss the playoffs again.

    "The rigors and stress of the job have caused me some minor physical problems in the past few years," Krause said in statement released by the team. "Those problems can be eliminated if I lessen my load for a while and concentrate on overcoming them."

    The 64-year-old Krause, the Bulls' GM since 1985, did not elaborate on his health problems.

    Just as the two-time NBA executive of the year was credited for finding players to complement Jordan -- a player he did not draft -- Krause also was criticized for breaking up the run of success.

    He alienated coach Phil Jackson, Jordan and Scottie Pippen, often over who should get credit for the championships. When Jordan retired before the lockout-shortened season of 1999, the dynasty crumbled. Jordan later joined the Washington Wizards' front office before returning as a player.

    Krause brought in his own hand-picked successor to Jackson, Tim Floyd, who resigned in December 2001, so frustrated with the rebuilding he didn't publicly thank Krause on his way out.

    Bill Cartwright, a center on the first three title teams, took over as coach. And although there has been improvement this season, especially in two high school players who went directly to the pros -- Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler -- Chicago is still a long way from being a contender. The Bulls have won three road games all season.

    One of Krause's biggest deals came in 1987, when he maneuvered with Seattle for the draft rights to Pippen, who went on to become Jordan's famous sidekick and was selected as one of the NBA's 50 greatest players.

    Krause also signed Croatian star Toni Kukoc, another important player in Chicago's final three titles.

    Team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said he hoped to have a successor in place within the next month. He praised Krause for surrounding Jordan with talented teammates.

    "He brought with him a vision of how to build a champion and he proceeded to create one of the most dominant champions of all time," Reinsdorf said.

    "No basketball fan in America can begin to imagine the world champion Chicago Bulls without his imprint. There would not have been a Coach Phil Jackson. There would not have been Scottie Pippen, Bill Cartwright, Dennis Rodman, or a host of others who wore Bulls uniforms during those championship seasons."

    Krause emphasized in the team statement that he is not retiring.

    "I take great pride in what we've accomplished here. The staff, players and coaches will always be a bright spot in my heart," Krause said. "I'm very confident that we have assembled the key pieces so that the franchise can return to the NBA's elite teams in the very near future."

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    radiohead...the fans flocking Division and Clark bars and clubs will probably have a week's worth of celebration over Krause's "retirement due to health factors"


    much like an athlete saying "it's not about the money; it's about respect" and then signing with the team that paid him more, despite that team not having a chance to make the play-offs in the upcoming season.

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    Its about time!!!. Chicago sports are known to report these kind of changes.... I.E. Resign due to health reasons, Reinsdorf probably fired him or told him to quit to save face , but to make it sound good.... Resigning for health reasons...

    Krause was an idiot, pure and simple. Maybe Pippen will want to get out of the Minimum security prison they call the Trailblazers now and come back for his last seasons w/ the Bulls?

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    I think Pippen, on the last legs of his career, would want to join Phil and the Lakers for NBA titles run.

    Bulls are quite a ways from play-offs.

    The 2 7-footers play extremely well in one game; then play like high schoolers the next. Witness them beating the Lakers, then losing to Indiana by 50+ points.

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    Originally posted by podstock
    I think Pippen, on the last legs of his career, would want to join Phil and the Lakers for NBA titles run.

    Bulls are quite a ways from play-offs.

    The 2 7-footers play extremely well in one game; then play like high schoolers the next. Witness them beating the Lakers, then losing to Indiana by 50+ points.
    Their biggest mistake was drafting Jay Wills... he's garbage.

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    Iggy, you know, I seriously thought Jay Williams was a great pick.
    He stayed for a couple of years to fine tune his game at Duke before leaving.

    Yes, his free throw shooting was suspect (so was Magics, who shot 76-79% in rookie years, then went as high as 90% in late 1980s). And his mid-range shooting could be better (again, Magic vastly improved during his career in this mid range jumpers).

    But, I never thought Williams was a whiner. Until now.

    You know, Duke may have fantastic seasons..but man,

    Christian Laettner --- and absolute flop; Timberwolves fans would skin him alive if it was legal; this dude had a bad attitude.

    Grant Hill --- one of the most overpaid athletes in NBA history.

    Bobby Hurley ---- was a bust even before his automobile accident in Sacramento

    and now Jay williams.

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    I'm not quite sure of his local connections, but he'd always be up here in the summer playing hoops. I went up the one playground a couple of times to watch him and I knew then he wasn't going to be anything in the NBA. If you can't make kids in Pittsburgh look silly, you're definitely not going to fare well in the NBA.

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    Just remember.....


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    Perhaps this means Michael will come back to the Bulls organizatio; he has no obligations to the Wizards for next year.

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