At halftime of the Bulls vs. Warriors NBA basketball game on Friday, January 12, 2024, in Chicago, Ron Harper, back, consoles Thelma Krause, widow of former Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, as the crowd boos his name during a Ring of Honor ceremony for the 1995–96 Bulls team. (Paul Beaty/AP Photo)

At halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors on Friday, January 12, 2024, in Chicago, former Bulls coach Phil Jackson is shown on a video screen during a Ring of Honor ceremony for the 1995–96 Bulls squad. (AP Image/Paul) Chicago (AP) During a halftime ceremony honoring the organization’s greats on Friday night, Chicago Bulls supporters jeered former general manager Jerry Krause, apparently bringing his wife to tears and prompting anger from former players.

Krause was honored as the creator of the Bulls’ six championship teams and was one of the 13 members of the inaugural class of the “Ring of Honor.” After Krause passed away in 2017, his widow Thelma, spoke in his place. Clearly offended by some fans’ raucous jeers, Thelma chose to stay seated rather than acknowledge the audience.

While in the locker room with his team at the time, Warriors coach and former Bulls guard Steve Kerr, who was also one of the honorees, stated, “It’s really terrible.” “I’m really disappointed in the fans because tonight and last night were all about the happiness and love that that team conveyed with the city. Since there were many fans, I want to be clear that they did not boo. The people who jeered ought to feel guilty.

When play started in the third quarter, former Bulls forward and current NBC Sports Chicago analyst Stacey King expressed his disappointment in the booing fans, describing them as polite.


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“I’ll tell you what, Chicago is a sports town, and the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life was what we experienced today when Jerry Krause’s name was announced and the people who booed Jerry Krause and his widow, who was accepting this honor on his behalf,” King remarked. “I feel bad for that woman. Whoever heckled her in this arena ought to be ashamed of themselves, since I brought her to tears.

There was wild applause for a number of former Bulls greats, including Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson. However, former NBA stars Dennis Rodman, Scottie Pippen, and Michael Jordan did not attend the festivities.

One of the topics of the documentary “The Last Dance,” which focused on the 1997–98 season—the last one of the Bulls dynasty that Krause helped create—was the conflict that Jordan, Pippen, and Jackson occasionally had with Krause.

Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan said of Krause, “He played a significant part in the success that the Bulls had, building one of the finest teams ever assembled.” “Relatives and friends who are still with us should be respected and valued.”

Rodman was supposed to make an appearance, but bad weather forced him to abandon his trip arrangements. He and Jordan also sent in video messages to accept the recognition.