“The Last Dance”: Jerry Krause has refused Phil Jackson’s reconciliation attempts, says Jerry Reinsdorf


the The Biggest Loser from “The Last Dance” was, without a doubt, Jerry Krause. The legendary general manager of the Chicago Bulls has been described as the villain of the series, a selfish man determined to win a championship without the shadows of Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson who threaten him. While the documentary has brought this portrait to light, that is largely how the Bulls have treated Krause for three decades.

And it was something that Krause was never going to forgive. Years after he left the Bulls, he even had a chance to do so.

“Years later, when Phil coached the Lakers and they came to Phoenix, I had lunch with him,” Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf told ESPN Ramona Shelburne. “At one of these lunches, he said,” I would really like to bury the hatchet with Jerry, “and he asked me to be the go-between. “

But Krause rejected the offer when Reinsdorf contacted him. Reinsdorf considers it an act of pride.

“I would say to Jerry,” Go beyond yourself, get over it already. “” Said Reinsdorf. “But Jerry was a despised lover. He was so proud of the fact that he had found Phil [in the Continental Basketball Association] and he turned out to be a brilliant coach. Then when he felt Phil was turning to him, he was no longer going to love Phil. “

In particular, Krause was unable to overcome her treatment at the hands of Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The two had a number of axes to rectify with their general manager. Jordan regularly questioned Krause’s movements, including the exchange of his close friend Charles Oakley for Bill Cartwright, while Pippen was perpetually angry at his contract below market value. Krause believed that Jackson could have been an intermediary in this relationship, but chose not to be.

“He thought Phil could have prevented Michael and Scottie from being so contradictory,” said Reinsdorf. “Phil could have intervened, he could have stopped him, and it really bothered Jerry. “

The two will be forever linked. Krause discovered Jackson and brought him to the NBA. Jackson has won Krause all six of his championship rings. However, at the time of his death in 2017, Krause was never known publicly for having reconciled to Jackson. The cost to win the Chicago Championships seems to have been the relationships they forged along the way.


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