The Chicago Bulls of the 90’s was one of the greatest dynasties in all of professional sports. The Bulls went on a tear winning six NBA Championships throughout the 90’s and is arguably the greatest NBA dynasty of all time.
The team was led by the GOAT, Michael Jordan. That’s right, I said he is the GOAT because Lebron James is not. He also had a great supporting cast, most notably in Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen.
Unfortunately, there is one man that does not get enough credit for the Bulls dominance of the 90’s. Former General Manager of the Chicago Bulls, Jerry Krause passed away in March of 2017. Krause was the GM for the Bulls from 1985 to 2003 and was responsible for the team’s acquisitions of the greats like Jordan, Pippen and Rodman among many other excellent players.
He was posthumously inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017. His career in sports included positions as a scout or general manager for the Baltimore Bullets, Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Bulls.
If it wasn’t for Krause, there is a great chance that the Bulls never would have achieved the status that they did and unfortunately he is not given the credit that is due. Sure, Phil Jackson was a fantastic coach and Jordan ended up being the greatest of all time, but without Krause’s ability to identify such strong players, would Chicago have six championships? Pippen is arguably the greatest 2nd man of all time, and Rodman the greatest rebounder of all time. Would Jordan have been the greatest of all time without his supporting cast? Would Phil Jackson be one of the greatest coaches ever without the players Krause found him?
The short answer is no. None of these things would have happened without Jerry Krause calling the shots in the personnel department. Jerry Krause is hands down the greatest general manager in NBA history and deserves more credit for the Bulls dominance throughout the 1990’s.
In other Chicago Bulls news, former star player Scottie Pippen recently commented on his relationship with Michael Jordan in an interview with CBS Sports. See what Pippen had to say on his relationship with Jordan below: