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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

June 6, 2011 Updates

McMillan said he was “surprised” at the Blazers’ firing of general manager Rich Cho two weeks ago. Team president Larry Miller then said the main issue was a lack of chemistry between Cho and owner Paul Allen. “I was surprised and just as shocked as everyone else in that situation,” McMillan said. “I talked to Rich, and he’s a good guy and he does good work. I was surprised.” During his six seasons with Portland, McMillan has worked with four general managers – John Nash, Steve Patterson, Kevin Pritchard and Cho. He said he has no interest in taking on player personnel duties as a few other coaches – such as Mike Dunleavy with the Clippers – have done. “Either you’re a coach or you’re a GM, and I’m coaching the Blazers,” McMillan said. “I’m OK where I’m at.” Oregonian

June 2, 2011 Updates

Did you see the Rich Cho firing coming? Chad Buchanan: I would say I didn't say it coming. I can't speak for what sort of connection Mr. Allen and Rich had. That would be a question for somebody else. I can just speak for my daily interaction with Rich, which was positive. It's a part of the business, you've got to be prepared for just about anything in our business. It kind of comes with the territory. Like I said, we're going to move on. We've got some new roles, we've got a plan we're going to try to execute and we'll see where it takes us. Blazers Edge

May 31, 2011 Updates
May 29, 2011 Updates

Randy Pfund, one of three finalists for the Trail Blazers general manager position last summer, said he would still be interested in the job now that Rich Cho has been fired. Pfund, the former general manager of the Miami Heat, said he has not been contacted by the Blazers, but he said if the team did reach out to him he would consider the job. “I'm sure if there was interest, I would certainly look into it … assuming those guys haven't lost my number,'' Pfund said with a chuckle. “We'll see if anything develops.'' Oregonian

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