“Elgin Baylor was the First One to Do it”: Jerry Krause Hurting Michael Jordan’s Ego in the 80s Damaged Their Relationship Beyond Repair
2024/04/01

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Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause and star guard Michael Jordan had a tumultuous relationship throughout their time together. In Roland Lazenby’s book, "Michael Jordan: The Life," he revealed instances of animosity between the two. Krause would provoke Jordan by comparing him to other players and suggesting that he could be as good as them. 

This angered Jordan, as he was already an elite player in his own right. Krause underestimated Jordan's competitive nature and his tendency to hold grudges, which only fueled their animosity further. This toxic culture created by Krause's needling affected the entire team and ultimately led to the breakup of the Bulls dynasty.

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