If Jerry Krause were around to give his enshrinement speech at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday, his oratory technique could have told so much of his story.

All Krause would have had to do was cup one hand in front of his mouth and whisper, the way he so often did.

“I ain’t sayin’. If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret,” he was fond of saying.

Krause’s induction as a member of the Hall’s Class of 2017 is no secret, nor is the unfortunate fact that the former Chicago Bulls general manager and longtime scout in both the NBA and Major League Baseball died at age 77 on March 21, 2017 — 11 days before he was named for enshrinement in Springfield, Mass., as a contributor to the game.

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