Jerry Krause dies at 77

Jerry Krause, the general manager for the Chicago Bulls dynasty in the 1990’s that won six titles in eight years, died today at the age of 77 years old.

Krause is credited as the architect that put the Bulls championship teams in place. To play alongside Jordan he drafted both Scottie Pippen and Horace grant, hired head coach Phil Jackson before he was Phil Jackson, and assistant coach Tex Winter, signed forward Toni Kukoc, added Dennis Rodman and made the trade that sent power forward Charles Oakley to New York in exchange for center Bill Cartwright.

The Bulls failed rebuild following Jordan’s second retirement eventually led to him be fired and replaced by John Paxon.

Krause who always considered himself a scout at heart, retired from the Arizona Diamondbacks last spring.

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