Originally Posted by John Starks
Lets just say that you are right - lets say that Krause wanted to rebuild and alienated the players.
That's Krause's genius. How many teams do we see peak, then slowly slowly slowly work their way to obscurity. Seeing it right now in Det and NJ. Meanwhile, the players keep signing contracts as they get older and older.
At some point you've got to blow it up and rebuild, or you just post-pone the inevitable andendure painfully mediocre seasons.
Krause's mistake was not realizing that FA's would turn up their noses at money. I still don't really understand that.
Lots of flawed points here. First off he DID want to rebuild (he almost did so in 97 by attempting to trade Pippen to the Celtics on draft day until MJ said he would retire if the deal was made) and showed no respect for what the Bulls already had. Not only did he alienate the players, he alienated the greatest player in the history of the game and cut his career short.
Letting a team slip into mediocrity is definately a concern, but the Bulls were coming off a CHAMPIONSHIP(actually three in a row). We had no idea if they had peaked. They had as much roster flexibility as you could ask for. Resign MJ and Pip and fill out the roster around them. Kukoc was still under contract. Re-up Kerr. Maybe replace Ron Harper and Rodman with some younger guys. Keep Phil and Tex around instead of gotting a boner for Tim Floyd.
Krause didn't care about any of that. His only agenda was to tear everything apart and start from scratch. The fact he tried to do it a year earlier in 97 shows he didn't care at all about the present title-winning team. It was also an ego thing, becasue he wanted to show that he could build a winning team himself. I guarantee had Krause drafted MJ instead of Rod Thorn this wouldn't have happened. MJ wasn't one of Krause's guys, he was from the previous regime. Guess it didnt matter he was the greatest player ever and he still wanted to play.
The only team I can thing of that was kept together too long was the Bird/McHale Celtics, and ther were lots of other factors that contributed to their demise, specifically Bird's back, McHale's ankles, the deaths of Len Bias and Reggie Lewis, and the sheer presence of ML Carr.