Gregg Popovich, head coach of the San Antonio Spurs and one of the most influential figures in NBA basketball, commented on the despicable booing of Jerry Krause during the Chicago Bulls’ 1995-1996 team celebration night.
On that occasion, fans at the arena booed then-general manager Jerry Krause’s name and his widowed wife appeared visibly upset during the late GM’s introduction.
“I feel the same way when Kawhi Leonard was booed here.”, Popovich said, recalling the time he had to ask Spurs fans to stop booing the starting player. “It’s not necessary. It’s rude. It is ignorant.”, declared the legendary gurus of American basketball.
“If anything, it is a snapshot of the world we live in today. Nastiness seems to be much more tolerated“, Popovich said about the situation related to Jerry Krause, criticizing what he perceived to be.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Jerry Krause boos: “I feel the same way about that as when Kawhi Leonard got booed here. It’s unnecessary. It’s impolite. It’s ignorant. If anything, it’s like a snapshot of the world we live in today. Meanness seems to be a lot more condoned.”
– K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 14, 2024
In general, these are always bad behaviors to see, especially toward a person who made NBA history. Without Jerry Krause and his choices, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls would not have done what they did. Then, like everyone else, Krause had his temper and made mistakes. But to everything there is a limit and that limit was crossed on the altea night.