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Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 6:31 am
Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho, college scouting director Chad Buchanan named acting GM in stunning move. 

Posted by EOB Staff

The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that they have parted ways with GM Rich Cho. Director of College Scouting Chad Buchanan has been named acting General Manager. Here's the Blazers' announcement: 

The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that they have parted ways with Rich Cho , the team's general manager of basketball operations.

"The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn't right," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. "This was a tough move because I respect Rich and he's a good person with many strong skills. But it simply wasn't a good match."

Trail Blazers Director of College Scouting Chad Buchanan will serve as acting general manager. Buchanan has been with the team for four years. Buchanan and Head Coach Nate McMillan will report to Miller until a permanent replacement is hired.

Trail Blazers Owner Paul G. Allen said the move is part of the franchise's commitment to building a championship contending team. "This decision, as difficult as it was to make, reflects our willingness to admit and recognize that things haven't worked out," Allen said. "We're going to be tough on ourselves in assessing what we could have done better, and then go out and find the executive who is the best fit with the needs of our franchise. That chemistry and connection is critically important." 

Cho of course was hired after popular and highly regarded GM Kevin Pritchard was fired after last year's draft. Now, with a month to go before this year's draft, the Blazers have once again changed directions. The Blazers made the playoffs both seasons despite dealing with significant injury issues but were eliminated in the first round each time. The instability is stunning for a franchise that seemed headed for certain prosperity and championship contention. as recently as 2008.

Reactions (Updating): 
  • Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports rival executives believed team president Larry Miller was the key decision maker, not Cho. 
  • Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus notes the Blazers passed over two assistant GMs Cho hired. This looks like a clean sweep.
  • Interestingly, the Oregonian reported two days ago that Cho "pushed" to suspend Brandon Roy over his comments about playing time during the playoffs. The move was blocked by upper management, and two days after that report surfaced, Cho and the Blazers parted ways.

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Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:49 pm


Yeah ok...your fans turnout because there's nothing else to do.  What else are you going to do, maybe go watch the SeaDogs slug it out with Ogden Raptors or maybe...maybe just check out the dinosaur exhibit at Prehistoric Forest?

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: May 24, 2011 10:29 am

Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

Portland has the best fan base in the entire country. Unlike many cities we sell out every game for every sport and our fans have heart.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 7:11 am

Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

Definitely a bizarre move with a month left before the next draft.  I'm still getting over Kevin Pritchard being let go last year.  The Blazers once again didn't do too bad this year considering they've had a top-5 MASH unit on the floor most of the last 2-3 years.  Coach McMillan has been able to put a competitive squad on the floor, they scrap, and have made it to the playoffs the last few years.  A strange move but at least McMillian is still around and if Greg Oden can stay healthy, there is no telling what this franchise can do in years to come.  GO BLAZERS!!!!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 24, 2011 3:07 am

Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

That's why the Blazers suck because they and there fans don't know what the hell they are doing or want. Once again the Blazers are in the top five worst teams in the NBA.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 11:23 pm

Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

After years of following this team, I have come to the conclusion that they will never be championship quality as long as Paul Allen is the owner.  Even with all his money, he can't seem to figure it out.  He's almost like the George Steinbrenner of basketball.  Just look at all his other investments (other than being in the right place at the right time with Bill Gates) and how they have ALL miserably failed.  Don't know if he is just stupid or incredibly unluckly, but facts are facts... he's a loser, and always will be.  He's not only a bad owner, but a very vindictive one.  Just look at the way he handled the firing of Kevin Pritchard.  Gave him the news ON DRAFT DAY, and then had the audasity to order him to finish out the day (probably with some type of threat thrown in for good measure).  Just foes to show you that you can have all the money in the world and still F--K up a good thing!

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:01 pm

The Blazers didn't fire Pritchard after the draft

They fired him the day of the draft and made him work through the end of the day.  He was informed it was his last day.  Allen is a strange man.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 5:12 pm

Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

Blazers, Blazers, Blazers... First, I would like to say that Pritchard did trun around a dismal franchise. The JailBlazers were awful and overpaid, and the fan base, after decades of sellouts, lost touch with the team. They played with bad records, attendance and contracts, and Pritchard was instrumental in getting the franchise, and the fans back into the Rose Garden. Allen is a narcicist, and a not a great basketball man. That being said, there was hints of malfeascence and philosophical differences, and when that creeps up between an owner and an executive, watch out - it is a two-headed snake scenario - bound to rip itself apart...

Cho also did some pretty good things. Gerald Miller was a coup, and the Bayless trade is looking like a much better swap as it shrinks in the rearview mirror. He wasn't particularly likable, nor was he very aggressive, but he is a smart cap-guy, with the ability to get players with value, at little long-term cost... Another confusing move by Allen is sniffed on this one - he has laid another egg...

Now it is time to clean up the back-end of the roster, get a healthy big to help the ageless Camby (Oden, please get healthy/productive) and score Kemba in the middle of the first (he will confusingly last that long, for certain). I just hope Allen isn't longhanf for "Al," as in Davis. Like the Raiders, a smaller market team, no matter how strong th fan base, can't survive ineptitude and turnover every year and hope to remain relevant to the fans, or national television moguls... Bad way to grow a brand? Sink your help in publicly ugly, strange, and inexplicable ways...

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:22 pm

Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

Um, Pritchard being fired was not a dumb move. He was lying/misleading the owners to help his friend get more money. If Pritchard was so good he would have landed another job already.

As far as the Cho Cho train leaving town, I think this may boil down to Cho wanting to suspend Roy and the brass not letting him do that. But I can't wait to see how this plays out and what news is eventually leeked.

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:05 pm

Blazers part ways with GM Rich Cho

The dumbest move the blazers ever made was firing kevin pritchard! The wolves should be on the phone with pritchard and offer him anything he wants to come and replace kahn!

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