Home
Loading
  Contact Us    
Enough Is Enough

Jerry Krause and the lowly Chicago Bulls.


by FANTANA
December 30, 2001

Bookmark and Share


Enough Is Enough_FANTANA-Jerry Krause and the lowly Chicago Bulls. Anyone who has ever read the Sports forums in the Partial Observer knows I’m a fan of Chicago teams. My two favorite sports are football and hockey, though I try to follow all Chicago sports teams, and let me tell you; it ain’t easy. The Cubs and White Sox are about to hit the century mark for years without a World Series. The Blackhawks still think it’s 1961, the last time they one the Stanley Cup, and owner Bill Wirtz refuses to admit the game has passed him by. The Bears are finally waking up after a 16-year slumber, making their first playoff appearance on seven years. And then there are the Bulls…

Never a basketball fan, I could not help but follow the Bulls during the Michael Jordan era. In a town desperately needing someone, anyone to win, the Bulls gave Chicago a much needed sports identity. At first we thought it was a fluke, like all the other Chicago teams. The words “Chicago” and “dynasty” hadn’t been uttered in the same sentence for decades. Suddenly, we had an unstoppable force, and winning, at least in the basketball courts, was a given. Sure, all the other Chicago teams made a bigger stink than Gary, Indiana, but at least we had the Bulls.

It would have been sad, but fitting to see that team slowly fade over the next few years, age and time finally catching up with his Airness and the rest of the supporting staff, but a greedy little troll, a glory hog of the worst sort, stole that from us.

Convinced that he was the true mastermind, Jerry Krause dismantled the Bulls quicker than you could say “Phil Jackson,” and tried to convince us that, “organizations win championships.” While rumors circulated about a second “retirement”, there Michael Jordan was, holding up six fingers to represent the six championships, playfully adding a seventh and then eighth finger. Little did we know that Jordan’s tease was just that; there would be no more Jordan, no more World Champion Bulls.

Since then, the Bulls have been, well, awful seems too kind of word. A team that once stood above all others now competes with the L.A. Clippers and Denver Nuggets in their annual Battle for the Basement. Fans and local media have rightly put the blame on new coach Tim Floyd, oblivious owner Jerry Reinsdorf, and the self-proclaimed basketball guru Jerry Krause.

After four years of working the least-coveted job in the NBA, Floyd has finally had enough and resigned. One wonders why he stuck it out so long. Perhaps he, like Reinsdorf, was convinced that Krause actually knew what he was doing. Or perhaps he wanted to prove his own worth, that he was the rightful heir to the Phil Jackson legacy. Whatever the reason, Floyd should have realized he was being given a red herring the moment Jordan said he wouldn’t play for any coach other than Phil Jackson.

Floyd may have even succeeded, had he not had Krause sabotaging his every move. After the mass exodus following the Jackson fallout, free agents were either afraid of the Bulls or unwilling to trust Krause. When Krause drafted his “cornerstone,” Elton Brand, it seemed like the Bulls might be starting to rebuild. But just as Brand was coming into his own, genius Jerry traded him to get the “twin toddlers,” two players fresh out of high school.

The Bulls will never become champions, never even be contenders, until Jerry Krause steps down. Krause’s reputation precedes him everywhere as any player with talent makes sure to steer clear of the Windy City. While he may have been the man to initially get the Bulls Jordan, Pippen, and other key players, Krause’s ego and mania have superceded his ability to evaluate talent or put together a winning team. Organizations do not win championships; great players win championships. And the job of any good GM is to keep good players in their organizations, not alienate them.

Unfortunately, neither Krause nor his boss, Jerry Reinsdorf understand that. Rather than keep his cash cow going, Reinsdorf seems content living off dwindling revenues, and watching his team’s fan base erode. Maybe someday, when Reinsdorf looks around an empty United Center, he will realize what all Bulls fans already know; enough is enough; it is time for Jerry Krause to go.

Comments (1)


Post a Comment

Frustrated Chicago Sports Fan from Chicago writes:
December 30, 2002
Dear Fantana,

There is no hope as long as Jerry Reinsdorf owns sports teams!!!

Send Us Your Opinion
(Comments are moderated.)
Your Name:*


Your E-Mail Address:*
(Confidential. Will not be published.)


Location:


Comments:*
Note: In order to control automated spam submissions, URLs are no longer permitted in this form.



Verification:
Please type the letters you see above.

  Printer-Friendly

Bookmark and Share


EMAIL ALERTS
Sign up to receive an e-mail notice when new articles by this author are published. Your address remains confidential, and you may cancel at any time. A confirmation email will be sent.

Your e-mail address:
Enough Is Enough
po Books
Now Available!

Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.

A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.

More Information.

More by FANTANA
X's and I's
A look at Super Bowl XXXVIII.
by Fantana, 2/2/04

Recently Published
View Article An Earthquake in La La Land
Examining what's been exposed in the rubble
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/17/17
Where is God?
Reflecting on the tragedy in a little Texas town
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/10/17
An All Saints Day Tribute
Remembering those who left us
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 11/3/17
A Mighty Fortress was His God
Remembering the legacy of Martin Luther 500 years later
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 10/27/17
The Dilemma of Dementia
A call to compassion
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 10/20/17
Another Hurricane Named Harvey
Praying for a good outcome to a bad situation
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 10/13/17
What are the Odds?
Pondering the unimaginable terror in Las Vegas
by Greg Asimakoupoulos, 10/6/17

Get the Partial Observer's
'recently published' headlines via RSS.


RSS Feed for Recently Published PO Articles    What is RSS?

Reproduction of original material from The Partial Observer without written permission is strictly prohibited.
The opinions expressed by site contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the editors.
Copyright ©2000-2017 partialobserver.com. All rights reserved.
Home · Site Map · Top