The Chicago White Sox once had former Chicago Bulls GM, Jerry Krause, working for them as a scout before he returned to basketball.
The Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls have a lot of connections. That is only natural when the two franchises of Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association have the same owner. Jerry Reinsdorf has had mixed reviews as an owner but there is no debating the fact that he has seven titles split between the two clubs. Not many owners in the history of team sports in the United States can claim that they are multi-sport champion owners.
Well, the White Sox used to have a scout named Jerry Krause. Krause was initially a pro-basketball scout with multiple franchises including the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Chicago Bulls before moving to baseball. He was a scout with the White Sox before he received a call from Reinsdorf to return to basketball to be the new Bulls’ GM.
Well, he decided to leave the Sox and go to the Bulls. He put together one of the greatest dynasties in the history of sports when he was the Bulls general manager. He managed to acquire players like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman over their run of dominance in the 1990s. It is so great to reflect on those Bulls teams until you get to the end.
“The Last Dance” is an ESPN documentary that premiered on Sunday night. It is going over the final year of the Bulls dynasty in 1997-98. A lot of it had to do with some moves made by Krause in an effort to rebuild in the middle of a dynasty. It didn’t seem like things were going well between him and coach Phil Jackson but it ended either.
The Bulls fell apart after that final season which is no fun but it is super interesting to see all of the connections that they and the White Sox have had throughout the years. From having the same owner to Michael playing for the White Sox organization to the Jerry Krause connection. If any sports fans reading this need something to watch right now, “The Last Dance” is perfect for you.