The Sunday premiere of “The Last Dance” has already proven to be both a cultural phenomenon and an illuminating experience for those too young to have firsthand experience of Michael Jordan’s dominance or the Bulls’ ’90s dynasty.
The ESPN 30 for 30 documentary delves into the Bull’s final season of that dynasty, with Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman winning the team’s sixth and last championship under coach Phil Jackson. It provides never-before-seen footage of that team and commentary from those who were associated with it, already doing a fantastic job of contextualizing just how great those teams were.
It likely has served as many people’s introduction to former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, both the architect of Chicago’s dynasty and the cause of its destruction. “The Last Dance” pulls no punches with the two-time NBA Executive of the Year, who died in 2017, six months after being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
He’s presented — not entirely unfairly — as someone whose inexplicable destruction of one of the sport’s great dynasties is credited at least in part to his need for validation and credit in building it. Jackson is even quoted as saying Krause told him he could win 82 games and still be gone after the season.
Needless to say, Krause’s relationship with players was tenuous at best and outright hostile at worst, as evidenced by a verbal confrontation he had with Pippen on the team bus. The first two episodes show Jordan in particular making fun of Krause to his face:
In that vein, the first two episodes did little to validate Krause or his intentions. And so Twitter joined Jordan in roasting the man Chicago not-so-lovingly called “Crumbs:”
We’ve always known that Jerry Krause was the villain in the Bulls story and his philosophy on that particular team was highly questionable. But while we magnify his shortcomings and make jokes, let’s not forget that man is deceased and isn’t here to defend himself.
— Julius Peppers (@juliuspeppers_) April 20, 2020
Biggest Ls of #TheLastDance Night 1:
1. Jerry Krause
2. Scottie Pippen’s agent
3. Rick Carlisle
4. Every player on the 1984 Bulls protecting that secret
5. French audio producer guy who tried to sneak an autograph from MJ in the tunnel
6. Jerry Krause
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) April 20, 2020
Jerry Krause is about to quickly reach the Carole Baskin level of internet shenanigans. 😭
— Chiney Ogwumike (@Chiney321) April 20, 2020
Everything said about Jerry Krause on #TheLastDance was 💯accurate.
Dude gave me my shot in the NBA but screwed me every chance he got. I remained professional until he lied about me to Coach Smith & I never forgave him for that because he never apologized to me.
— Scott Williams NBA (@scottwill42) April 20, 2020
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, Ron Harper, Toni Kukoč, & Phil Jackson on the same roster and winning five chips in seven years*
Absolutely no one:
Literally no one ever:
Jerry Krause: Welp, time to rebuild.
🤷🏻♂️ 🤔 🤯 #TheLastDance 💃🏼
— Erik T Jones (@Joan_Zee) April 20, 2020
Jerry Krause is the Donald Trump of the NBA: jealous of superior men, and who, because of his narcissism, ego and bitterness, would rather destroy an institution rather than see it thrive despite his ugly behavior. #TheLastDance
— Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson) April 20, 2020
Jerry Krause is the epitome of the uncle you try to avoid at thanksgiving
— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) April 20, 2020
I’d watch a 10 part documentary of nothing but MJ teasing Jerry Krause about his height
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) April 20, 2020
Jerry Krause=Dave Gettleman 🤷🏾♂️🤣🤣
— Thomas Davis (@ThomasDavisSDTM) April 20, 2020
Published at Mon, 20 Apr 2020 15:52:30 +0000