Jerry Krause

Jerry Krause inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame with heartfelt speech from his widow

Jerry Krause inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame with heartfelt speech from his widow

The Basketball Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2017 on Friday and the Bulls had a member included in the class.

General manager Jerry Krause officially took his place in the Hall of Fame. Krause was the architect of six NBA titles the team won during his tenure as GM from 1985-2003.

With Krause's death in March, his wife, Thelma, recorded a video in his honor and accepted his place in the Hall of Fame in person along with Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

NBA TV had a video recapping the highlights of Krause's career:

Krause was a two-time NBA Executive of the Year.

Jerry Krause officially announced as part of Basketball Hall of Fame's 2017 class

Jerry Krause officially announced as part of Basketball Hall of Fame's 2017 class

The architect of the Bulls' dynasty of the 1990s is joining the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

After it was reported Friday night that Krause would be posthumously included in this year's class, the Hall made things official Saturday, announcing Krause as one of 11 slated for enshrinement.

Krause is joined in the 2017 class by Tracy McGrady, Bill Self, Rebecca Lobo, Muffet McGraw, Robert Hughes, Mannie Jackson, Tom Jernstedt, Zack Clayton, Nick Galis and George McGinnis.

Krause passed away last month at the age of 77.

Krause was the Bulls' general manager for nearly 20 years, constructing the rosters that won six championships in eight seasons.

Krause will join other 1990s Bulls figures Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Jerry Reinsdorf in the Hall of Fame.

"I know this would have meant the world to Jerry. It only further validates his legacy and what we all knew about his body of work with the Bulls," Reinsdorf, the Bulls' chairman, said in a statement Saturday. "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, but I know his family is extremely happy."

Pippen tweeted this after the announcement:

Report: Jerry Krause to be posthumously enshrined in Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Report: Jerry Krause to be posthumously enshrined in Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Jerry Krause will reportedly be enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

According to The Tribune's K.C. Johnson, Krause — the former Bulls general manager who helped build the dynastic teams of the 1990s — will be included in the Hall of Fame's 2017 class.

Krause passed away 10 days ago at the age of 77 and received tributes from many former members of those 1990s teams, including Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Pippen went as far as suggesting that Krause belonged in the Hall of Fame.

It seems Krause will join those three, as well as 1990s Bulls star Dennis Rodman, in the Hall.

Krause worked as the Bulls' general manager from 1985 to 2003 and helped construct the rosters that won the franchise's six championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998.