Jerry Krause

Business Executive


Jerome "Jerry" Krause (April 6, 1939 – March 21, 2017 - (Aged 78)) was an American professional basketball scout and general manager for, among other franchises, the Baltimore Bullets and the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a two-time recipient of the NBA's Executive of the Year award. Krause succeeded Rod Thorn as Chicago Bulls GM in 1985, and managed the franchise as Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson ascended to elite status in their respective positions. Krause found two gems in the 1987 draft: Scottie Pippen, a small forward from the University of Central Arkansas; and Horace Grant, a power forward from Clemson. The two were, along with Jordan, cornerstones of the Bulls' 1991–1993 championship teams.<br><br>The first retirement of Jordan, following the 1993 NBA season, brought massive change to the Chicago Bulls roster. Krause was finally able to persuade Kukoč to buy himself out of his European contract and join the Bulls. When Jordan returned to the NBA at the end of the 1995 season, Krause once again went to work in assembling what has been labeled the best team in NBA history after offseason acquisition of Dennis Rodman from the Spurs. The Bulls won a then-NBA record 72 games and Krause was named Executive of the Year for the second time. The next year, they achieved a then second best-ever NBA season with 69 wins and repeated as champions.In 2003, Krause retired as GM. The official explanation involved obesity related health problems.<Br>Source:<A Href="Https://En.Wikipedia.Org/Wiki/Main_Page" Target="_blank" Rel="Me Nofollow">Https://En.Wikipedia.Org/Wiki/Main_Page</A>