Watching ‘The Last dance,’ every Sunday night for the past few weeks, you can see the disdain Michael Jordan had for Jerry Krause back then and even now to this day, even though he has been dead for three years.
The former Chicago Bulls general manager seems to have had the same amount of dislike for Jordan as he had of him because he seemed to be determined to one-up the legendary Michael Jordan and build past the two three-peats he blessed the franchise with in the ’90s.
Artest, who now goes by Metta Sandiford-Artest after getting married, recently admitted that Krause stated to him that the next championship won by the Bulls would “destroy” the other six Jordan brought home during his two tenures with the team.
“For me, it’s like Jerry drafted me after Michael Jordan (played there), so for me, the Bulls were my favorite team,” Artest explained to Sam Amick and Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “I played with them all the time on the video games, so as a 19-year-old kid, I’m like, ‘Wow,’ right? And then Jerry told me one day — I love Jerry — Jerry is like, ‘Ron, we’re gonna get (championship) No. 7, and you’re gonna be here, and it’s gonna just destroy those other six titles. Jerry would always say that. ‘No. 7 is the most important one…’”
“The Last Dance” docuseries showed many times that Krause wanted credit for being the architect that put together to the Bulls roster to bring home six titles. Unfortunately, he has been blasted on social media countless of times.
Artest would only play two-and-a-half seasons with the Bulls before being traded to the Pacers in 2002. He would go on to win a title but as a member of the Lakers in 2010.