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Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:59 am
Edited on: June 14, 2011 9:17 am
Posted by Royce Young

The Bobcats announced that they have hired former Portland general manager Rich Cho as the organization's new GM. Cho replaces Rod Higgins as the team's GM, with Higgins moving up to President of Basketball Operations.

Cho got his start in basketball management with the Oklahoma City Thunder franchise, eventually assuming the No. 2 role behind Sam Presti before taking the Trail Blazers position. However, Cho parted ways with the Blazers last month because of what were called "chemistry issues" with owner Paul Allen, 

A smart basketball excecutive like Cho wasn't going to go unemployed for long, though. He was immediately considered a candidate in New York after Donnie Walsh didn't come to an agreement with the Knicks. The Bobcats position wasn't really open but evidently Michael Jordan put in a call pretty quickly to swoop up Cho.

Cho's known for his analytical approach to the game. He was an engineer and a lawyer before moving into NBA front offices. He was responsible for contract negotiations, salary cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement matters, player contracts and all player personnel issues.

Cho is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a member of the Washington State Bar, a graduate of Pepperdine Law School and achieved his undergraduate at Washington State University.

“He has a unique set of skills that I don’t possess,” Higgins told the Charlotte Observer. “His analytical mind is a big plus for us. His legal background is a big plus for us."

Cho of course has a connection to the Bobcats having negotiated with Higgins at the trade deadline last season. The Blazers acquired Gerald Wallace for Joel Pryzbilla, Dante Cunningham, Sean Marks and two draft picks. Higgins must've come away impressed. At least someone was.


Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2011 6:33 pm

Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

I'm beginning to think that the Cho Cho train was a throw in for the Wallace trade. Nice move Bobcats.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:33 pm

Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

There's only one guy associated with the Blazers who could be called "retarded" and that is Paul Allen.  This team will never win a championship with this ego driven knucklehead as the owner.  Ever heard the term "He's got more money than brains"?  Look it up in the dictionary and there is a picture of Paul Allen next to it!

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 9:00 am

Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

Good job Orlando.  You continue to keep that nitwit Otis Smith, when a very good young GM was on the open market.  Pathetic.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 8:56 am

Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

It will be nice to see a non-MJ Crony in the Bobcats org, but it will be interesting to see how well MJ handles being told what he needs to hear rather than what he wants to hear.

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:54 am

Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

Portland's loss is Charlotte's gain (for a change)... Great move by Jordan to hire this guy!

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:11 am

Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

Great hire Jordan and the Bobcats!!!! Not sure what exactly went down in one (1) year with the Trailblazers, but I'm confident that Cho will do a great job.


Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 3:30 am

Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

Love this for the Cats'. You get one of the best minds in the game and its not one of MJ's buddies.

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2011 2:38 am

Rich Cho hired as Bobcats GM

portland was retarded for firing Pritchard in the first place....

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