PHILADELPHIA — Who would have thought Jerry Krause’s regime would topple before Saddam Hussein’s? In power since March of 1985, the bellicose Chicago Bulls GM took a well-deserved, long overdue hit Monday — five games before his five-year-old rebuilding permit (following six championship Michael Jordan-emblazoned runs) expired.

Notorious for his megalomania statement, “Organizations win titles, not players,” Krause finally was brought to court by the building inspector. After a half decade of positioning loyalty above the consumer, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf penalized his most trusted employee for some awfully shoddy construction.

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