The Vilain had valid reason to blow everything up
Late former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause defended his decision to allow the team’s 1990s dynasty to end after the 1997-98 season in an unpublished memoir.
In an excerpt provided by his family to NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson, Krause reasoned that concerns over Dennis Rodman’s off-court behavior, center Luc Longley’s decline, and Scottie Pippen’s recent injury history would have made it impossible to convince head coach Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan to return for 1998-99.
“Could we get Phil to coach without a proven center, power forward, probably Pippen, a basically new bench, and crazy expectations that ‘in Michael, we trust’ can win without help?” Krause wrote. “Not a chance.”