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After declining to offer general manager Rich Cho a new contract, Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is planning to target former Los Angeles Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak for a high-ranking role in the organization, league sources told ESPN. Jordan is planning to continue grooming assistant GM Buzz Peterson as a foundation of Charlotte’s front office, and Kupchak is a primary target to partner with Peterson, league sources told ESPN.
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“I want to thank Rich for all of his hard work with the Charlotte Hornets organization through the years and wish him and his family the best in the future,” said Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan. “Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization. We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”
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But the casual fan might not understand Pelinka is no rookie in the trade game. Agents often are the lead brokers on trades behind the scenes, trying to serve many puppet masters besides their clients. “I’ve been involved in many, many trades,” Pelinka acknowledged. He will also acknowledge that researching trade scenarios is among the more fun aspects of both his former job and current job—particularly given how his mind works. “My favorite class in high school was my AP [Advanced Placement] Calculus class; I love solving problems,” Pelinka said. “This is like putting together a complicated puzzle. It is; it’s fun. The misnomer is that people and fans may think a general manager spends 95 percent of his time thinking through trades, but you don’t get to do that all day long.”
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Rick Barry still has come bragging rights over Curry with free-throw shooting, though. Though Curry (90.3) has a lead over Barry (89.6) in all-time free-throw shooting percentage, Curry fell short this season in eclipsing Barry’s franchise record for most consecutive free-throws made (60) after converting on his first 52 attempts. “That’s the only part of the game you can be selfish and help your team. Free throws are key,” Barry said. “You win a lot of games if you make your free throws. That’s why the Warriors are so dangerous. They’re an indefensible team when their guys are on. They have three players who can shoot the three, drive to the basket and are great free-throw shooters. How do you shut that down? You can’t. You just can’t.”
Tell the Warriors’ legend that Golden State (44-14) no longer remains the favorites to win their third NBA championship in four years after going 4-4 before the All-Star break and falling a half game behind the Houston Rockets (44-13) for the Western Conference’s top seed. “How can you predict now? It’s the All-Star break,” Barry told Bay Area News Group. “You can do some predictions in April. Now you have some ideas on who might win and who might not win. But the reality is if the Warriors play their best basketball offensively and defensively in a seven-game series, nobody is going to beat them. It’s that simple. Nobody is as good as they are when they are playing their best.”
Tell him the Warriors are not playing at their best because they feel the fatigue stemmed from appearing in three consecutive NBA Finals. Or that the Warriors’ ailments simply stem from needing to recharge during the NBA All-Star break. “It’ll be a great opportunity to go ahead and reenergize a little bit and get a little bit of time off. But I still find it difficult to hear how they’re tired. I’m hearing how guys are tired. Tired of what?” Barry asked incredulously. “They don’t play. The most that anybody plays is 36 freaking minutes. They travel on charter planes. I listen to all this stuff and I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god. These guys would probably be crying if they had to do what we had to do.’ It doesn’t make any freaking sense. How can you be tired playing 36 minutes a game under the circumstances they play with staying in beautiful hotels, getting fed right, getting a dietician and being on charter planes and all of the other stuff they have? I don’t even like to hear it. It’s ridiculous.”