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Krause weighs in on a number of sports personalities

On Sunday, Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson caught you up on former Bulls GM Jerry Krause, now a Diamondbacks scout. Krause had plenty more to say on a slew of subjects. Here's a taste:

Bill Veeck: "Along with my Dad, the best person I've known in my life."

Tony La Russa: "Brilliant. Outstanding baseball man, really knows the game."

Jerry Sloan: "First draft choice ever. Been looking for another Sloan for 50 years and haven't found him."

Earl Monroe: "Special player. Special human being. One of the joys of my life."

Jerry Reinsdorf: "Smartest man I've ever known. Treats people better than anybody I know. Brilliant. Very loyal."

Michael Jordan: "One of the three best competitors I've seen, along with Sloan and Bill Russell. Personality that is much different than most people think. Meant a lot in my life. I inherited him and we were able to accomplish a lot."

Doug Collins: "Good guy. Great basketball mind. Very smart, fun to be around."

Horace Grant: "Talented. Stubborn."

Scottie Pippen: "Very high basketball IQ."

Bill Cartwright: "A lot more responsible for us winning championships than anybody gives him credit for. Leader in the locker room. He'd just look at somebody and set them straight. I thought it would take him a year to control that locker room. Happened quicker. A teacher. And they respected him. Nobody would cross him. If you did, you'd have a problem."

Phil Jackson: "Greatest brain-picker in history. Picked Red Holzman's brain. Picked Bill Fitch's brain. Picked Tex (Winter's) brain. Very different personality. Amazing ability to relate to players."

Tex Winter: "Most brilliant basketball man I've ever known. Would've been a tremendous math teacher if he had decided to do that. A mind that works 24-7. Complete purist."

Al Vermeil: "Best strength and conditioning coach of all time. Was responsible for so much of the Bulls' success. We had fewer injuries over a 10-year span than any team in the league and that was Al. Great feel for people."

Toni Kukoc: "Different player. Different mentality. People really didn't see 'the Waiter.' Oh, boy, what we saw in Europe. But a great person, down-to-earth human being who contributed a lot to our championships."

Dennis Rodman: "Really likable. He never gave me a bit of trouble. An ultimate competitor when it came to understanding the game. That routine was just to make more dollars. People think he's crazy. He's not. He would never hurt another human being. He might hurt himself, but not another."

Tyson Chandler: "One of the best people I've ever been around. Very smart. Very loyal."

Eddy Curry: "Wasted talent. Should've been a great player."

Tim Floyd: "A great college coach. But the mistake was I don't think there's a college coach who can make it in the NBA now. Years before, you could. Cotton (Fitzsimmons) did it. (Dick) Motta did it. Bill Fitch did it. John MacLeod did it. It's a different world now. That was my mistake, not Tim's."

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