12 People who turned their backs on the Bulls

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2. Jerry Krause

Putting Jerry Krause on this list feels wrong, because of the disrespect he and his family have received of late. On second thought, Krause receiving disrespect isn't anything new.

We saw how he was constantly treated by the Bulls' stars in The Last Dance, as he was mocked for countless reasons, such as his physical frame. And unfortunately, his widow received unimaginable disrespect from Bulls fans as the franchise was honoring her late husband.

Which is inexcusable, no matter the reason.

Krause did a hell of a job putting together the Bulls' roster, as the franchise sought to maximize Michael Jordan's greatness. Not only did he draft Jordan, he also drafted Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, and Toni Kukoc.

In addition, Krause hired Phil Jackson and reeled in the perfect role players, such as Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman, at different points of time. He deserves all the credit in the world for the Bulls' six championships. 

However, he's to blame for the Bulls' dismantling of their championship core, which he absolutely forced. He rushed Jackson's departure for no reason, as his replacement in Tim Floyd wasn't qualified to be an NBA head coach.

In addition, he decided against giving Pippen an extension, opting to trade him to the Houston Rockets instead. In other words, he split up a championship core that was still playing at a high level and was fully capable of squeezing out another championship (or two).

It took the Bulls almost two decades to even come close to showing any semblance of what the 90s Bulls looked like.