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Former Mets GM remembers Jerry Krause's skills as a baseball scout

Former Mets GM remembers Jerry Krause's skills as a baseball scout

Both before and after his time as the general manager who helped the Bulls win six championships in the 1990s, Jerry Krause worked in baseball as a scout.

He worked for seven different teams dating back to the 1970s and all the way up to into the 2010s: the White Sox, the Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks.

While “The Last Dance” is exploring what kind of general manager he was in the NBA, what kind of scout was Krause in Major League Baseball?

“He was a hard worker and had great knowledge on how to break down a player from a scouting perspective,” former Mets general manager Omar Minaya told the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff. “He also had a real eye for seeking out those diamond-in-the-rough players.

“I always learned a lot from our conversations because we even talked about the similarities between great players in baseball and basketball, with the athleticism required for both sports. He loved talking scouting and had a great knack for it.”

During his first stint with the White Sox, Krause played a role in the acquisition of several key players, including Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen, who went on to construct and lead the 2005 World Series team.

After winning six titles with the Bulls, Krause returned to baseball, first with the Yankees and later with Minaya’s Mets.

“Jerry was recommended to me by staff members at the time,” Minaya told Davidoff. “I hired him because both his baseball and basketball background were very intriguing. He had been around great players in both sports with a winning pedigree as an executive, so that was a unique perspective. His role was mainly in pro scouting over amateur.

“I have very fond memories of our relationship. I felt fortunate to be able to hire him.”

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2020 NBA Mock Draft roundup: Predictions for Bulls’ first-round pick

2020 NBA Mock Draft roundup: Predictions for Bulls’ first-round pick

Absent from the NBA’s season restart, and with organized offseason activities a question hanging in the air, the next tentpole for the Bulls to hone in on is the draft.

This year’s draft will be an especially important one for the organization. Entering Year 4 of a rebuild and under fresh front office leadership in Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley, the direction the Bulls take with their impending top-10 choice will offer a window into the new regime’s thoughts on the roster and teams’ general standing.

Karnisovas, for his part, disputed the widely-accepted notion that this draft is a weak one at his end-of-season press conference with reporters. The Bulls own the seventh-best lottery odds (yet again), with a 7.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, and 32 percent odds of vaulting into the top four. They also own the Grizzlies’ second-round pick (No. 47) by way of some transaction minutia from the Tomas Satoransky sign-and-trade.

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“I like a lot of players that are in our range,” Karnisovas said. “I think we’ve done a lot of work studying. That’s why the excitement is coming from studying those players and interviewing them and looking at the video. So I think we’ll add a good player to our roster next year.”

Wherever the Bulls land, they’ll have a litany of possible needs to address. Though they invested the No. 7 overall pick in Coby White in 2019, the playmaking potential of lead guards LaMelo Ball or Killian Hayes might be too much to pass up if afforded an opportunity to snag them. On the wing, an area the Bulls are thin, do-it-all forward Deni Avdija and 3-and-D prototype Devin Vassell's stocks are rapidly rising, and Isaac Okoro has drawn Jimmy Butler comparisons for his game-wrecking potential on the defensive end. Onyeka Okongwu, Obi Toppin and James Wiseman intrigue in the frontcourt, as well.

All of which is to say, a lot can happen between now and October, when the draft is scheduled to be held. Which direction should the Bulls go? Here’s a roundup of the latest spate of Mock Drafts from across the interwebs:

Rob Dauster, NBC Sports

No. 7: Deni Avdija, F, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports

No. 7: Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn

Tankathon

No. 7: Tyrese Haliburton, G, Iowa State

No. 47: Elijah Hughes, F, Syracuse

Bryan Kalbrosky, USA Today

No. 8: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

Matt Babcock, Babcock Hoops

No. 7: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

No. 47: Paul Reed, F, Depaul

NBADraft.net

No. 7: Onyeka Okongwu, F/C, USC

No. 47: Jay Scrubb, G, John A. Logan College (JUCO)

A. Sherrod Blakely, NBC Sports Boston

No. 7: Isaac Okoro, F, Auburn

James Ham, NBC Sports Bay Area

No. 9: Killian Hayes, G, Ulm

And here’s NBC Sports Chicago’s latest Mock, which saw the Bulls select Okoro. Happy scouting.

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Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will reportedly return in spring 2021

Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will reportedly return in spring 2021

Sneaker Bar Detroit is reporting that the Air Jordan 11 CMFT Lows will return to market in the spring of 2021.

While a precise release date isn't yet clear, the report listed five colorways for the sneaker: Cool Grey/Medium Grey-White, Black/White-Anthracite-Wolf Grey Black/Gym Red-White, White/Black-Ghost Green-Metallic Silver and Barely Green/White-Black-Barely Green.

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This — along with a litany of other recently leaked impending releases — will be worth keeping an eye on when the calendar flips.

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