Thread: Jerry Krause
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Old 10-10-2007, 06:22 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by John Starks
MJ cut his own career short. Krause was being bullied into paying MJ on a year -to-year basis 20+ million. Now, it was the most worthwhile $20+ ever paid, but Pippen was about ot aks forthe same type of deal. it wasn't Krause's money to spend.

The negotiations were like basketball...MJ read and reacted. Yes he cut his own career short, but that was because he didn't want to be part of a rebuilding team. He still wanted to play and would have had Krause complied with his wishes.

So he was without MJ, soon to be without Pippen or spend $40 mill on 2 players...and then start putting together the other peices. Meanwhile, the team was aging, the retirement threats from Jackson and MJ kept getting louder and louder.

Let me reiterate...there would have been no retirement threats had the team and front office been on the same page. Its called a direct correlation. I think this is the part you are missing bro, you don't seem to realize that Krause essentially pushed Jordan, Jackson, and Pippen out the door.

In your theory, keep everyone together, pay whateverthey ask and they'll keep winning title after title. Its a fairy tale. It would not have kept rolling for years...and even IF Krause robbed us of 1 more year of Bulls magic, do we take away the great years of the Bulls that he built. Come on - they had obviously peaked. You werren't getting 3 more titles out of those legs.

There are no guarantees, obviously. But seeing as MJ put up 23/5/5 in 2002 with the Wiz, I think Jordan had plenty left. You know he would have done everything and anything it took. The unkown is what motivated MJ anyway. Obviously there would be no more three-peats but another title certianally would not have been out of the question and more trips to the Finals were inevidable (once again, lets look at the teams from the east- 99 Knicks, 00 Pacers, 01 Sixers 02 and 03 Nets---all very beatable). Plus, free agents would have flocked to the Bulls to fill out the roster had Phil, MJ and Pip returned.

MJ retires -- any other gM goes drectly into panic mode, signs the biggest name they can for the most money they can. Krause, because the organization was strong, was able to sign Pete myers and the team found its way into the deep 2nd round. You all want to give it all to Pippen, gotta give some to Krause for not tearing the joint down, or tunring over the franchise.

I don't think anyone is going to go into panic mode when they were the one who made the decision.: MJ retireing was what Krause WANTED. The day he announced it Krause m a s t u r b a t e d numerious times over what lay ahead.

Or maybe, he is a forward thinking GM who knows that at some point you have ot break down and rebuild and you can rebuild easier if you do it before you get locked up into long-term contracts with aging players (Billups)...and its easier to do it full-throttle as opposed ot half-assed (Knicks).

He started his forward thinking way too soon.

If MJ still wanted to play there were 29 teams ready to sign him.

And the Wizards did. Just not right away.

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