HoopsHype Rich Cho rumors

April 1, 2012 Updates

Nearing the end of another lost season as Bobcats owner, Jordan recently told his GM, Rich Cho, to start planning for a rebuilding campaign. He also dropped a bombshell, telling Cho and other deputies that if this one doesn’t produce a winner and he continues to lose millions over the next “three to four years,” then he intends to sell the team. “I told Rich to make us better,” Jordan told one associate recently. “If that doesn’t work and I can’t make a profit in the next three to four years, then I’m selling.” New York Daily News

March 27, 2012 Updates

But he flew to Charlotte for a conversation that came down to a key moment, when Cho asked if the Bobcats really wanted to win. As in, did they want to win so badly that they'd be willing to follow in the footsteps of Cho's former employer, the Thunder, who won 20 games one season, and then 23 the next, in the process of amassing the core of their current team? In other words, Cho was asking, were they willing to lose? "Are you willing," Cho remembers asking, "to take a step back to take two steps forward?" Cho says the room answered, unanimously, "yes." A few months later, that team is 7-40. Cho explains how the Thunder did it. When they had cap room, they didn't use it. Massive losing streaks helped too. The team's point guard of the future (Russell Westbrook) learned on the job while leading the league in turnovers. ESPN.com

February 24, 2012 Updates

Let him describe, harkening back to the summer of 2007: “OKC has the best record in the league right now, but people forget how hard it was when we started out that first year of the rebuild. There are a lot of parallels’’ between that and the Bobcats now, Cho described Wednesday. “We traded Ray Allen (to Boston) and drafted Kevin Durant and Jeff Green. People forget we won only 20 games that year. We had a 14-game losing streak, an 11-game losing streak and an eight-game losing streak. We started out the season 9-36. “So we go back into the lottery and draft (Russell) Westbrook. And we start out 3-29. We have another 14-game losing streak and an eight-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak. Wind up the season 23-59. “So we go back into the lottery and draft James Harden. There’s a whole process and it’s not easy going through this process.’’ Charlotte Observer

Cho’s point: Without a plan and the patience and conviction to stick to it, the Bobcats won’t get markedly better. That plan is about drafting wisely, managing the salary cap and looking for trades that add draft picks or young prospects. “Rod and I are definitely on the same page as far as where we are with the team,’’ Cho said. “We’re fortunate to have an owner who is very supportive and on the same page. It’s not easy going through it, but that’s part of the process.’’ What about the criticism in the short run? “If you don’t have a thick skin, you shouldn’t be in the business,’’ Cho replied. Charlotte Observer

January 1, 2012 Updates

Charlotte media's first interaction with Biyombo, the day after the Bobcats chose him seventh overall during June, was entertaining and enlightening. Someone asked a perfunctory question about new general manager Rich Cho's interest. Biyombo's animated reply made it sound like a manhunt. "Everyone knows he was trying to move up to pick me," Biyombo said of Cho, who spent part of last season with the Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Bobcats front office. "When I first met him, he was like, 'Wow, I'm in Portland wanting to move up now!' And then he has No. 9 (in Charlotte), so he says, 'We'll pick you up.' "And then, after all my workouts, it's 'Nah-nah-nah-nah. You are not getting to nine!' So after that, they move up again." Charlotte Observer

December 28, 2011 Updates

As Charlotte’s No. 2 basketball executive behind Higgins, Cho — for a decade a member of the front office in Seattle and Oklahoma City — says his duties have included “a little bit of everything,” including player personnel, salary cap, accounting and contracts. He’ll be doing a lot of college and pro scouting through the season. During the lockout, Cho began to overhaul the Bobcats’ scouting system. “One of my goals when I got to Portland was to have the best database in the league,” Cho says. “There was so much going on last year, I didn’t get that in place. “With the lockout this summer, that’s one of the things I focused on here in Charlotte. We’re still in the process, but I think it’s going to be pretty powerful once it’s complete.” Portland Tribune

December 20, 2011 Updates

Can you put in your own words what happened with the Rich Cho firing: "I think whether it’s Rich or Kevin (Pritchard) - which was a really unusual situation - you end up going through these transitions. But I sit with the general manager down on the court and I talk through every game with them and get a sense for his thinking and his evaluation of players, how he thinks about our team, how he thinks about our coaching, all those things. And when I think about a general manager there are a lot of factors that come into play ... there’s what I like to call the ‘Golden Gut’, which is how good you are at evaluating talent, and obviously we have added the importance of evaluating character and it (chuckles) becomes more important to evaluate medical conditions and all these things. So there are that set of components. And then there is how well does he relate to the coaches and the players and gain their respect and engage with them. Oregonian

One month later, Allen flew Rich Cho to Helsinki and hired him after a three-hour interview. Cho lasted 10 months before he was suddenly fired. “You can have a good interview with somebody and be optimistic, then when it comes to getting into the season and sitting next to them and talking about the players, where you are going, potential trades, uh, you know sometimes you realize it’s not a good fit,’’ Allen said. “So, that’s basically what happened with Rich. He’s a great person and I wish him well, but it wasn’t a good fit.’’ Oregonian

October 22, 2011 Updates

And now, he fired his latest GM, Rich Cho, after just one season. Why? Those within the Blazers believe that it was simple: Cho told Allen the truth. The Blazers aren’t contenders, that they’ll have to take a step back, maybe two, before they can start going forward again. “He didn’t want to hear that,” one league official with knowledge of the dynamic said. “This disconnect with Rich? It was this: He told Paul the truth. And Allen has no interest in going sideways now. But now [Allen’s] realizing that if he can’t win big in the NBA, well, he doesn’t want to lose money. Yahoo! Sports

July 6, 2011 Updates

If he has had any conversations with Paul Allen since being fired: “You know I have not had that sit down or one-to-one with Paul after that day so no. A lot of people ask me why Rich Cho was fired. I get that question quite a bit. The honest answer is I’m not sure why I was fired so how can I answer why he was fired? So no, not really.” Sports Radio Interviews

June 17, 2011 Updates
June 15, 2011 Updates

That's the road map Cho brings to the Bobcats as the No.2 basketball executive in this franchise. He'll work under Rod Higgins, who now has the title president of basketball operations. "One of the worst things you can do in this league is be a middle-of-the-road team - in the playoffs one year, out the next," Cho said Tuesday at an introductory news conference at Time Warner Cable Arena. "One of the tough things about a middle-of-the-road team is you never get really good draft picks. That makes it hard to have sustained success. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward." Charlotte Observer

June 14, 2011 Updates

Former Trail Blazers Rich Cho was introduced as the Charlotte Bobcats' general manager today. In his news conference, Cho made his first comments on his May 23 firing by the Blazers. Describing himself as a "glass-half-full" person, Cho took a tactful approach in talking about his dismissal by the Blazers after 10 months on the job. "I did not see it coming," Cho said. "At the same time, although it was disappointing, I owe a lot of gratitude to Mr. [Paul] Allen and Larry Miller. I’ve got nothing but positive things to say about the organization in Portland. The business office staff there is tremendous, as well as the basketball staff I had." Oregonian

Cho said Higgins phoned him the day after the Blazers fired him. "He called me just to send me his best wishes my way," Cho said. "We had always had a good relationship on the phone and in person, just in our dealings. The day after that, he called again and he said, 'Hey, would it make sense if you came out to Charlotte and met with me and Michael and Fred and Curtis?' And I said, 'Sure.'" Oregonian

The Charlotte Bobcats will bring an entirely different perspective to their front office today when Rich Cho is named the team's general manager. In an exclusive interview Monday with the Observer, Cho and current general manager Rod Higgins confirmed Cho's hiring. Higgins will be elevated to the title of President of Basketball Operations. Cho, 45, previously was general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. Charlotte Observer

Higgins said completing the Wallace deal at the trade deadline showed him he'd work well with Cho. "We want cohesion in our strategy going forward," Higgins said. "All the conversations I have (with other teams) are probably not as cordial and upfront as the ones we had. With Rich, what you see on the surface is who he really is. I think I'm that way, too." Charlotte Observer

Chris Mannix: Not even remotely surprised someone snatched up Rich Cho. His value as both a cap expert and talent evaluator is well respected. Twitter

June 7, 2011 Updates

Rumors are still swirling around the Portland Trail Blazers' vacant GM position, but team president Larry Miller continued to insist on Monday that his team hasn't begun the formal search process to find a replacement for Rich Cho, who was fired in May. "I just want to make it clear that all this speculation about meetings today and all this other stuff is absolutely not true," Miller said. "None of it is true. [Owner] Paul [Allen] is still out of the country. I’m in Dallas. There are no meetings that are going on and, again, our focus right now is on the draft. "We haven’t compiled a list. We haven’t really started to go through a process of looking for a candidate, so any of the rumors that are out there are just that: rumors. Because they are not true." CBSSports.com

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