Boos Erupt from the Crowd
During a halftime ceremony honoring the late Jerry Krause, former general manager of the Chicago Bulls, a significant amount of boos came down from the crowd as Krause’s wife, Thelma, was shown on the scoreboard appearing visibly upset. The incident took place during the game between the Bulls and the Golden State Warriors.
Kerr Condemns Fans’ Behavior
Steve Kerr, a member of the Bulls from 1993 to 1998, expressed his dismay over the fans’ actions in a postgame interview. “It’s shameful, absolutely shameful,” Kerr said. “I’m devastated for Thelma and the Krause family. What are we doing? Whether people liked Jerry or not, we’re here to celebrate that team. Jerry did an amazing job building that team.”
Kerr emphasized that not all fans were responsible for the boos and praised those who showed respect towards the Krause family. “Those who booed, they should be ashamed,” Kerr added.
A Legacy Deserving of Respect
Krause, who passed away in 2017, was the mastermind behind the Chicago Bulls teams that won six NBA championships in the 1990s. Bulls president and CEO Michael Reinsdorf released a statement after the game, highlighting Krause’s accomplishments and calling for his legacy to be respected. “Jerry Krause is a six-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Executive of the Year,” Reinsdorf said. “His legacy deserves to be celebrated and respected.”
Former Players and Analyst Speak Out
Stacey King, a former Bulls player and current analyst for NBC Sports Chicago, expressed his disappointment in the fans’ behavior during the halftime ceremony. “It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” King said. “Whoever booed Thelma should be ashamed of themselves.”
In addition, the documentary “The Last Dance” depicted Krause as being at odds with Bulls players and head coach Phil Jackson, leading to the end of the dynasty. Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman were not in attendance for the ceremony, although Jordan addressed the crowd in a pre-recorded video, expressing his gratitude for the support he received during his time with the Bulls.
Golden State Warriors Win Game
In the game itself, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Chicago Bulls 140-131, ending their two-game losing streak.
Source: Fox News