It’s official: Former Bulls GM Krause will join Hall of Fame

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Chicago Bulls General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Jerry Krause reacts at the NBA Draft Lottery in Seacaucus, N.J. in 1999 as NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik announces the Bulls will get the first pick in the upcoming draft. (AP File Photo/Bill Kostroun)

The outpouring for Jerry Krause joiningthe Hall of Fame has obviously been heard.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Saturdaythat the former Chicago Bulls executive has been selected as part of its 2017 class.

Krause, the architect of a Bulls dynasty that won six NBA championships, will join the Class of 2017 in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the contributor category.

The announcementcomes 11 days after Krause died at 77.

“I know this would have meant the world to Jerry,” Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “It only further validates his legacy and what we all knew about his body of work with the Bulls.

“I know it is bittersweet for Thelma and his family, as this means a great deal to them as well. It’s a shame that he won’t be here to enjoy this honor, butI know his family is extremely happy.”

Krause, who died March 21, is joined by fellow inducteesTracy McGrady, Bill Self, Rebecca Lobo, Muffet McGraw, Robert Hughes, Mannie Jackson, Tom Jernstedt, Zack Clayton, Niko Galis and George McGinnis.

Enshrinement ceremonies will be Sept.7-9atthe Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

A member of the Bulls’ front office for 18 years, Krause was responsible for surrounding Hall of Famer Michael Jordan with Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc and Dennis Rodman, as well as hiring coach Phil Jackson.

During his nearly two decadeswith theBulls,the franchise won six NBA Championships (1991-93, 1996-98), advanced to the postseason 14 times, claimed six Central Division titles and won 808 games — the most by an Eastern Conference team over that span. Krause’s Bulls squads posted nine 50-win seasons, including four years with 60 or more wins and one season with 72 victories.

Krausetook over Chicago’s basketball operations department in March1985, afterworking as ascout for the Baltimore Bullets, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers andan earlier stint with the Bulls from 1969-71.

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Email: jcowley@suntimes.com

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