How the Chicago Bulls self-destructed after Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson left

When the game's best player and best coach leave you in the same offseason, the only way to go is down. Fast.
In 1998, the Chicago Bulls won yet another championship: an incredible SECOND three-peat for the team built by Jerry Krause, coached by Phil Jackson, and led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. But for all their glory, the team was in disarray. When the deeply disgruntled Jackson left town, Jordan followed him, and Krause was left to pick up the pieces.
... and by "pick up the pieces," we mean swiftly hurl all the pieces into the abyss and start rebuilding from scratch. But rebuilding, it turns out, isn't always easy.
This is the story of how the Bulls followed one of the NBA's most impressive peaks with a valley just as impressive in its steepness and depth. This is the rapid collapse of one of history's greatest teams.
Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
Shot by Alex Hawley
Edited by Ryan Simmons
Motion graphics by Michael Das
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  1. Mohammad N

    Mohammad N

    12 horas atrás

    I wonder, if Doug Collins had been available at the time, I believe Collins was coaching the Detroit Pistons in 1998 if the Bulls signed Doug Collins then MJ and Scottie would have probably remained in Chicago, maybe. The reason why I say that is because MJ and Scottie did have a close personal connection with Doug Collins, a great basketball mind. It's possible that Collins could have won a few more titles under the main core group of guys and some new, young talent in the mix. As great as Phil Jackson was, I felt Doug Collins got shafted at the worst possible time as the Bulls went up and winning 6 titles, similar to Mark Jackson's situation with the Golden State Warriors and Steve Kerr taking over.

  2. Cliff Z

    Cliff Z

    22 horas atrás

    Lets remember that Krause is the dude who taught Paxson how to be a GM and Gar Forman how to scout.

  3. jwallE93


    22 horas atrás

    The Journey of Steve Kerr from Bull champion player to Coaching Champ

  4. face lol

    face lol

    Dia atrás

    jeff krause was bad at all things except for scouting

  5. DcNative81


    Dia atrás

    Excellent Video

  6. Jay Lew

    Jay Lew

    2 dias atrás

    If I saw Krause on the street I'd take the assault charge for field goal kicking him in his miniscule nut sack

  7. ZayFai


    2 dias atrás

    7:23 is the story of every off-season the bulls try to get someone from free agency, it's sad WE KEEP GETTING TEASED STOP

  8. Scott Garcia

    Scott Garcia

    2 dias atrás

    Lakers after 2009-10 season!

  9. terrell penny

    terrell penny

    3 dias atrás

    Pippen is not underrated. Top 50 player of all time list.

  10. Shawn Baker

    Shawn Baker

    4 dias atrás

    Krause looks like what Jabba the Hut would look like has a human.

  11. Mark Boss

    Mark Boss

    4 dias atrás

    As an NBA fan who was a young child during all of this, I LOVED this video.

  12. Mark Boss

    Mark Boss

    4 dias atrás

    As an NBA fan who was a young child during all of this, I LOVED this video.

  13. KinG FitZ

    KinG FitZ

    5 dias atrás

    Loaded team

  14. Dyanne Rocco Ilaria

    Dyanne Rocco Ilaria

    5 dias atrás

    Bulls had so many opportunities after Jordan to rebuild and become contenders again. But they kept messing up draft picks, and the good draft picks they had, they traded away??? Just take 99, they draft Elton Brand #1 and then Ron Artest later. that is 2 good draft picks. in 00' they draft Marcus Fizer, i have no clue why the hell you would when you just drafted Brand #1 the year before?? then Chris Mihm, but then trade him for Jamal Crawford. So overall, they had the #4 and #7 and #24 overall picks in 2000 draft. WTF? what should have been. SMH. Already have PF Brand and SF Artest from 99 draft. So need a C, SG, PG, right? #4 pick should have been Chris Mihm, i remember back in 2000. he was the best C in the draft, a shot blocker, had a good outside shot and inside game. #7 pick should have been Quentin Richardson. Was at DePaul, chicago based guy, he would have been well received by the fan base.

  15. Picasso VVIX

    Picasso VVIX

    5 dias atrás

    MJ don't got the most rings. Phil Jackson does. lol

  16. Zachary Sturgeon

    Zachary Sturgeon

    6 dias atrás

    How the Colts collapsed after Manning (I know they have had success with Luck but they had a few years or sheer ineptitude also.)

  17. walker1984


    7 dias atrás

    Counting down the days before GarPax retires/resigns. That's the only those two especially Gar leaves.

  18. Scott Aznavourian

    Scott Aznavourian

    8 dias atrás

    How the patriots collapsed after bledsoe was traded-milloy cut-21 game win streak ended-'replacement' secondary- bruschi stroke-third rate recievers-spygate 18-1-brady acl-malcontents-jets playoff loss-aaron hernandez-more third rate recievers-brady 'washed up'-deflategate-brady suspension-gronk kut for year-28-3 -shitty defense- garrapolo trade-owner/ciach/gm all hate each other-butlergate-brady skippimg OTA-owner/coach/gm still hate each other-brady still washed up-....

  19. Steven B Carter

    Steven B Carter

    8 dias atrás

    I used to blame Krause for the demise because it was so no-brainer to give MJ what he wanted...but in retrospect, owner Reinsdorf is really the one who blew it here...for whatever reason, he let MJ walk even though he and MJ had a great relationship...baffling

  20. Stepz97 •

    Stepz97 •

    8 dias atrás

    Derrick Rose is the only notable player that seemed reminiscent of MJ in the 90's.

  21. alex1vid


    10 dias atrás

    As a huge Bulls fan that lived and breathed it - just a few things.... 1: Harper used to be a 2 guard. Had some knee issues before, but was one of the only 2 guards (when healthy) that gave MJ problems. 2: Jordan AND Pippen were difficult personalities. Forget Rodman - those two were tough to deal with from a GM standpoint. Jordan would chew up & spit out new players (Dennis Hopson, Rodney McCray). Not everyone wanted (or could) to play with Jordan. But Krause's shrewdness is what deteriorated the relationships. 3: You can NEVER do this type of video about the Bulls without mentioning the 'other' Jerry (Reinsdorf). THAT Jerry is the one that infamously said... while they were about to win another title... "I really want to win one without Michael." Krause gets a bad rap sometimes (IMHO) becuase some of the blame for their collapse has to go to the owner. 4: Rebuilding and getting free-agents despite massive cap space proved far more difficult than they thought given the enormous shadow of Jordan/Pippen.

    • FilmPassion Productions

      FilmPassion Productions

      9 dias atrás

      Exactly the point on number 3! I even think Reinsdorf doesn't even give two shits about the Bulls and even mentioned he favored the 2005 White Sox over the Dynasty Bulls. He shouldve defended Jackson but decides to stick with the wrong people which includes GarPax today. Those Dynasty Bulls were his money makers since they were winning championships along with MJ's superstardom and the team breaking records including the 96' season despite the Sox of those times playing decent enough and maybe made him decent enough money as well but never could go above second place in the AL Central and can could never catch up with the Indians and no playoff appearances from 95-99. If you're the owner of a multiple championship team what would/should you do to protect you're investments? Plus I think he's getting desperate knowing he has 2 failing teams. The Sox's rebuild does not even compare with the Cubs and an empty ballpark that only fills for the crosstown classic.The Bulls lost their greatest squad in almost 20 years, trading them away for draft picks, trading those picks for has been players, veterans from other teams that dont stay (like Wade) and head coaches (excluding Thib) who have no business being HC's or even be in the NBA for that matter (Hoiberg). Also all of a sudden hosting the all-star game. In the 25-26 years the UC has opened, he never wanted to host it but all of a sudden, he's allowing one? It's not just a new front office we need, it's a new owner!

  22. Cole S

    Cole S

    10 dias atrás

    Surface level analysis as usual. Try cracking a book, or interviewing someone related to the subject manner.

  23. LeBron James

    LeBron James

    11 dias atrás

    Do rewind of 2016 nba finals



    11 dias atrás

    Do a collapse of the Toronto Raptors?

  25. JP Neri

    JP Neri

    11 dias atrás

    So sad😭

  26. meg


    11 dias atrás

    Krause = dumbass. Nuff said.

  27. lynda jones

    lynda jones

    11 dias atrás

    the noise and scratches you use aren't super dope as such being the same on every frame you put them on

  28. boxbreaker2011


    12 dias atrás

    As a 90s kid, I watched the bulls win over and over and over and I HATED THEM! Looking back I can appreciate Jordan for what he did, but I don’t particularly feel bad for the city of Chicago or even Bull got to enjoy SIX World Championships, and the GREATEST player to ever play basketball...even if the Bulls never win another Title...that dynasty will forever be I hope they fully enjoyed it.

  29. Burger Eater

    Burger Eater

    13 dias atrás

    It's okay though Bulls got a once in a generation talent in Derrick Rose and finally got to the top agai- oh wait nvm...

  30. jujucrock14


    14 dias atrás

    If Phil had put as much effort into finding Krause a gift as he did coming up with that sick burn I'm sure Phil could've found something for his boss.

  31. amazingeric97


    15 dias atrás

    I have not been a fan of the Chicago Bulls since Michael Jordan retired a second time. I am not a fan of dismantling a dynasty. I am glad that I live in Indiana. The Indiana Pacers are a better run organization than the Chicago Bulls.

  32. Joenel Saracho

    Joenel Saracho

    15 dias atrás

    Tmac can be the next mj if he picks chicago

  33. ltrigga219


    16 dias atrás

    At of those dudes is Craig Hodges...right? 😬

  34. Billy William

    Billy William

    16 dias atrás

    Krause was a brilliant GM post Jordan and during Jordan’s reign. However his people skills,insecurity and lack of humility really brought down a empire and it never rises again during his lifetime which was sad

  35. itheuser First

    itheuser First

    17 dias atrás

    There's not enough parity in the NBA that is exacerbated by the how important a keystone player is to the strting lineup.

  36. Eric Wright

    Eric Wright

    18 dias atrás

    Rip jerry krause

  37. Luke Canale

    Luke Canale

    18 dias atrás

    1st 3pt Had an ideal team around him? Video maker %100 to young to of watched them play

  38. Zion Tunde

    Zion Tunde

    18 dias atrás

    I’m confused what ring did pippen get

  39. Theoryofpainan


    18 dias atrás

    Anyone else a NBA nerd like me. I study every team and player as well

  40. Luis Villanueva

    Luis Villanueva

    19 dias atrás

    U will be making warriors collapse soon

  41. John Johnson

    John Johnson

    19 dias atrás

    How weird is it that two different successful periods of Bulls basketball ended with the hiring of an Iowa State coach

  42. Melvin Collins

    Melvin Collins

    20 dias atrás

    Players and Coaches don't win championships, organizations do... SMH, Jerry Krause and Jerry Reinsdorf will never live that down. I watched the Bulls faithfully for a decade after the break up, and then stopped watching after Rose got hurt the Nth time. Mostly stopped watching because, NBA started sucking when strong players created super teams. Flopping became bigger and with zone and no hand checking players became less physical and more like And 1 players.

  43. robbieyh


    20 dias atrás

    It’s been over 20 years an this organization still hasn’t done anything! Not even one stinking finals appearance after MJ and Scotty left!

  44. 1 Survivor

    1 Survivor

    20 dias atrás

    I just realized the Bulls have been rebuilding for 21 years...

  45. Mini Surf

    Mini Surf

    21 dia atrás

    Where are all the Bulls bandwagon fans since MJ? Probably a warriors fan now!!!

  46. Cartoon Warrior13

    Cartoon Warrior13

    21 dia atrás

    A decades or so from now we will see what happens when the warriors collapse like the after affects

  47. Aozotra


    21 dia atrás

    i feel like this host kidnapped me, tied me up, then started talking to me about sports

  48. plbeltran93


    21 dia atrás

    Ima so sad to watch: how the Pats collapsed post Brady/Belichick

  49. black panther

    black panther

    21 dia atrás

    Jordan shouldn't have retired screw krause and jackson should've kept playing and got at least 2 chips with another team

  50. Marcus McGraw

    Marcus McGraw

    21 dia atrás

    This really can just be summed up to Jordan leaving as the reason for the collapse. Don’t overthink this one

  51. Bjornex Yaziz

    Bjornex Yaziz

    21 dia atrás

    Luc Longley.. Reliable?! 😂😂😂

  52. Sijan Grg

    Sijan Grg

    22 dias atrás

    This is so good

  53. kobe1408


    23 dias atrás

    After the 98 championship run , It was clear that the roster is bound to walk out. With there demands on salary, Jordan wasn't taking pay cut at that time. He knows the inevitable disintegration. Business is business. Bulls was too much of a play safe after that run

  54. The Owlchemist

    The Owlchemist

    23 dias atrás

    At 6:50, that dude wearing number 41 kind of looks like draymond. lol

  55. Trey Kristensen

    Trey Kristensen

    23 dias atrás

    5:30 Is that Ujiri?

  56. Baste Pillai

    Baste Pillai

    23 dias atrás

    Can you do the collapse of the Celtics after their contending days?

  57. Whisox07


    23 dias atrás

    Can't wait for the 30 for 30 special next year of this

  58. money penni1

    money penni1

    23 dias atrás

    EVERY one of these players, the refs & more than 1/2 the audience in the stands are are the news casters on MSM.....get on a full sized screen on a pc, not a phone, go at least 480 resolution, put the spd at 0:25 & use your mouse to click & pause..their shifts happen in milliseconds, to fast for the human eye to catch..if you're a human & you've got any brains left after indulging in propaganda all of your life, you'll check out what I'm saying.

  59. Carolina Blood

    Carolina Blood

    23 dias atrás

    Jesus, this almost brought a tear to the eye...

  60. Paul Jason

    Paul Jason

    23 dias atrás

    so why did Jerry Krause hate Phil Jackson?

  61. David Villalpando

    David Villalpando

    23 dias atrás

    Forgot to mention the collapse after Thibodeau

  62. G Man

    G Man

    23 dias atrás

    Krause was a idiot! I can only imagine the regret he has today!

  63. Paul Bagnoli

    Paul Bagnoli

    23 dias atrás

    i hate when people skip the fact that Jordan got bounced by shaq and the magic when he came back! it is absolutely worth noting (and before some freaks out my top 3 all time goes 1.Jordan 2.Kareem 3.Lebron) because people cant wrap their head around criticizing someone but still revering them

  64. Patreece Pickett

    Patreece Pickett

    23 dias atrás

    Why Doesn’t anyone talk about the Disrespect MJ got from Jerry The Greatest Don’t have no respect from the team he. Built

  65. Patreece Pickett

    Patreece Pickett

    23 dias atrás

    That’s a shame Jerry was that Stupid the Bulls Could’ve won some more titles Very Dumb of Jerry

  66. 6548R


    23 dias atrás

    Chicago Bulls and torn ACLs, name a more iconic duo.

  67. Only4comments


    24 dias atrás

    Hmmm... I wonder!

  68. Spencer Wisch

    Spencer Wisch

    24 dias atrás

    Recommendations for future episodes: the '86 Mets, the Lakers after they won in '09-'10, the '49ers or the Red Wings

  69. WhyAlwaysMe


    24 dias atrás

    Do you do motosport? Like F1? You could do the fall from grace of Williams Grand Prix Engineering.

  70. Hugo Melo Camacho

    Hugo Melo Camacho

    24 dias atrás

    Do the 90's Dallas Cowboys

  71. SpeedHomeAttack


    24 dias atrás

    Where tf is this man's neck?

  72. Cortez Randolph

    Cortez Randolph

    24 dias atrás

    At 4 minutes and 25 seconds. 4:25 You discuss Scottie Pippen winning a championship without Michael Jordan. Look I am not trying to be an ass, but I am a true Chicago Bulls fan. I am 41 and I still follow the Bulls. Scottie Pippen has 6 rings and so does Michael Jordan. And they won them together. Please do your research before you put out false information. And shame on you and everyone else making comments and they dont realize its false. Come on everyone, we are talking about the CHICAGO BULLS AN THE GREATEST PLAYER EVERRRRR>>>>>

  73. Michael Anthony

    Michael Anthony

    24 dias atrás

    Good thing the Bulls learned not to hire disloyal GM's... not

  74. radhames familia

    radhames familia

    24 dias atrás

    I’m a bulls fan 😭

  75. righteousotter


    24 dias atrás

    the sun will shine on us again bulls fans

  76. Existent David

    Existent David

    24 dias atrás

    I believe if the 1998 Bulls stood together for the 1999 season they would have made the Finals since the lockout came there was more rest from the last season they could made another run and beat San Antonio in 6 games. Scottie Pippen was strong in the 1999 season and Jordan too still during practices. I think the Bulls should been like the Spurs and not change the team but let them age gracefully.

  77. dwade11chief


    24 dias atrás

    Do one on the Patriots when Brady retires

  78. qupidmox


    24 dias atrás

    Repeating common words: The Bulls stayed terrible...

  79. `


    25 dias atrás

    jerry "krumbs" not krause. he always had crumbs of donuts he would eat so jordan named him that while driving with pip in his ferrari.

  80. Magnus Simms

    Magnus Simms

    25 dias atrás

    The Oklahoma City Thunder will be in here soon with Russell Westbrook and his first-round exits

  81. Evil In America

    Evil In America

    25 dias atrás

    Where do they find these cornballs? and why are they always limp wristed jews?

  82. MrChicagoBulls 1996

    MrChicagoBulls 1996

    25 dias atrás

    The biggest problem for the bulls is Gar Forman and John Paxson like wth are they doing.

  83. akilhikari


    25 dias atrás

    I'm an extreme die hard bulls fan and this is very accurate. Great video. 1999 was a nightmare man

    • Asmosis Jones

      Asmosis Jones

      14 dias atrás

      i think even if rodman longley jud and kerr stay the bulls still suck..pip mj and phil were the reason they were good

  84. Life in the 413

    Life in the 413

    25 dias atrás

    Even if the Bulls stayed together how much did they really have left? They would have been an old team with bad contracts around their neck. Maybe they could have pulled it off in 99 with the lockout shortened season.

  85. Ronald Rueda

    Ronald Rueda

    25 dias atrás

    This shot of michael jordan wast the beggining of the end not end of the beggining.

  86. Bill Blass

    Bill Blass

    25 dias atrás

    Ron Harper was da man, forgotten star before the Bulls

  87. Carnel Randolph

    Carnel Randolph

    25 dias atrás

    Scottie didn't win a ring without Jordan flat out false

    • J Dee Carter

      J Dee Carter

      2 dias atrás

      The hell are you talking about? He has six rings, all with the Bulls.

  88. arpxdagoodone


    25 dias atrás

    Bulls collapsed fast. So what... no dinasties last forever. We should be happy to live in that era and had a chance to see greatness.

  89. Booker D

    Booker D

    25 dias atrás

    How the phx sun collapses plz as a sun fan i need to know how we become the worst team in the nba

  90. RetroDad


    25 dias atrás

    How the Mavericks collapsed post 2011

  91. david martinez

    david martinez

    25 dias atrás

    You forgot to mention the hilariously disastrous addition of John Starks in 2000. No one wanted him here, including John Starks

  92. atap jay

    atap jay

    25 dias atrás

    Jerry Krause needs to be tarred and feathered in a vacant on the Southside fat bastard

  93. Tej S

    Tej S

    25 dias atrás

    Drose led them to 60 wins and a first seed and then got hurt

  94. Austin Michael Green

    Austin Michael Green

    25 dias atrás

    How the Lakers collapsed after Kobe left.

  95. Kenichi Harlan

    Kenichi Harlan

    26 dias atrás

    Do AC Milan Collapse!

  96. Tee Gns

    Tee Gns

    26 dias atrás

    Refs use to cheat for MJ...just like they cheat for lebron. Just ask sir charles

  97. Charlie Dale

    Charlie Dale

    26 dias atrás

    How Manchester united collapsed after sir Alex Ferguson retired. Not a huge decline but it has drama and funny quotes

  98. TheLoneDraftsman


    26 dias atrás

    As a Warriors fan, it's going to suck when everyone gets old, and the team most likely goes back into the dumpster. I just hope the end of the road isn't as bumpy as it was in Chicago with a boatload of drama between players, coaches, and the front office.

  99. Anthony Kernich

    Anthony Kernich

    26 dias atrás

    What are you talking about? The 1999 Bulls are one of the greatest basketball teams of all time. They were so good that they managed to score less than 50 points in the shot clock era. It takes a lot of talent.

  100. Kyle Patrick Hall

    Kyle Patrick Hall

    26 dias atrás

    Next video should be the 2005 White Sox sigh

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