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Friday, August 12th, 2011 at 10:40 am  |  14 responses

Tex Winter Wants Peace Between Phil Jackson and Jerry Krause


Despite winning six NBA titles together, and forging perhaps the greatest dynasty in League history in Chicago, former Bulls head coach Phil Jackson and general manager Jerry Krause became mortal enemies. Tex Winter — the legendary assistant coach, heading into the Hall of Fame at long last — wants both men to reach a truce. From Yahoo! Sports: “Finally, Winter, the architect of the triangle offense, goes into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this week as a contributor to the game. He’s 89 years old, failing and unable to give his own acceptance speech on Friday night. Nevertheless, Winter did express to Krause one wish for enshrinement weekend. Winter wants the two men to whom he’s most indebted – Krause and Phil Jackson – to rise above years of acrimony and simply shake hands. It’s been a long time, too long, and Krause will grudgingly do it for a simple reason. ‘For Tex, I would jump off a building,’ Krause said. ‘I’ve seen Phil walking down the opposite side of the hallway, and I’ve kept right on going past him. I’ve never stopped. But for Tex, yeah … I’ll do it.’ … Krause and Jackson had a solid relationship for most of a decade together, but eventually contract snags and ego created tension that turned into downright spite. Even after Krause remade the Bulls after Jordan’s comeback with Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman and Steve Kerr, Jackson and Jordan still treated him like a punching bag. Jordan had nicknamed him ‘Crumbs’ and viciously rode him in public and private. Jackson and Krause started to clash on money, and eventually Jackson used Krause as an enemy for the Bulls to rally against.”

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  • hiphopcop

    Hattfields and Mccoys

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    If there is war between Phil and Jerry Krause, then Metta World Peace is the solution.

  • bull22

    in the end the MJ and his cast,jerry krause, phil jackson, tex winter and the coaching staff all deserve credit for all those championships, otherwise on jordan’s talent alone we probably would have gotten just two titles eventually. but props to all of them for the good times…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Winter’s been wanting peace between them since they all worked for the Bulls. It’s not gonna happen.
    I blame both Jordan and Krause.
    Krause is stupid to think “management wins championships, not players” but Jordan was also stupid for thinking Krause had nothing to do with their success.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Boys will be boys. And Zen masters will be Zen Masters. Naw, it would be nice to see them ‘pretend’ to be friends for Tex. Dude is almost 90?! wtf wow

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Who cares, Jerry to me got full of himself with running the Bulls and should have kept paying MJ, Pip and cast until MJ quit because he could not do it anymore. I truly believe MJ should have gotten 8 to 10 rings, because when MJ came back to the Wizards he still had it. Too bad we will never know. I blame Krause. BOOK IT!!

  • AL29

    Co-sign The Seed. If it weren’t for that animosity, and if Phil had stayed, they could have won 3 more rings together after the strike. Jordan wouldn’t have retired, Pip and Rodman would have stayed, and the Lakers wouldn’t have been able to form a dynasty without Phil Jackson at the helm. There would not have been any other contenders except for San Antonio. 6 rings is a lot but nothing compared to what the Bulls could have won had it not been for MJs first retirement, Phil’s departure, and the ’99 lockout.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Ahh Tex… your THE man.

  • Alekesam

    @AL29 and The Seed:

    Man, you don’t really stop and think about what could’ve been until someone brings it up (granted, I’m a Lakers fan till death so my “what could’ve been” is more along the lines of Shaq/Kobe or Magic had he not retired due to HIV). But respect and credit where credit is due, that was a frightening team. A lot of times, you tend to think they got that last one (sixth) on their way out and they were fatigued/getting old, etc. But really, they were no where near done and could’ve added two or three to that nine because as noted, Jordan was still ballin’ for the Wizards. It’s funny how people say he dropped off, yet his numbers were still in the top of the league at the time. Too bad he had to come back to the suck @$$ Wizards and came back with a real contender, he very well could’ve gotten one more.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    HA! @ Nick tha Quick. Nice.

  • Chukaz

    jordan didn’t retire cuz of jerry krause. MJ and phil were gonna leave after the championship in 97 but they decided to come back for one more season to not leave scottie alone (Pip’s contract expired after the ’98 season). Both Jordan and Phil signed 1 year contracts in the summer of ’97. Phil just wanted a change of scenery and jordan didn’t have it in himself anymore to play. Sure he was still the best in the business but at some point i guess he just lost the desire to play. And don’t say that’s not true. The man retired 3 times. after you’ve played bball ur hole life sometimes you just need a break

  • http://dsjfklfl.com Jukai

    Damn… this is the ONLY time I will ever say this…
    Chukaz is totally right on this one.

  • seriousblack

    Jordan and Jackson are jerks so I’m pretty sure however bad Krause’s attitude toward them was, most of it was justified. Players are 85% responsible for championships. 7.5% is management, and 7.5% is the coach. They still all have to work together toward the chip so they all deserve some credit. Too many egos in that trio, and none of those dudes are particularly likeable.

  • jim

    C’mon – hands down the greatest dynasty in Basketball is Bill Russell’s Celtics. 11 Championships in 13 years. It’s not even close.

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