Rich Cho Rumors
“Not every team has a franchise-type player,” Rich Cho said. “What you have to try to do is improve incrementally and try to build guys the way you want to build it and keep in line with your process. That’s what we tried to do here: bringing in guys incrementally, where we can improve the team.”
He described the makeup of a Hornets player as following: “Guys that have a really strong work ethic. Guys that are ultracompetitive. Players that love to win and hate to lose. Guys that are great teammates. And high-character guys.” That approach hasn’t resulted in a superstar, but it has built a collection of like-minded players who seem to legitimately enjoy playing with each other.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has signed guard Jorge Gutierrez to a second 10-day contract. Gutierrez signed his first 10-day contract with Charlotte on Feb. 20 and has appeared in one game, tallying four points, two assists and one steal vs. Cleveland on Feb. 24. The 6-3 Gutierrez appeared in 22 games (20 starts) for the Canton Charge in the NBA Development League this season, averaging 11.3 points, 5.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 27.8 minutes per game. Gutierrez scored in double figures in 13 games and has handed out 10-or-more assists twice. He recorded his first D-League triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on Jan. 9 vs. the Los Angeles D-Fenders at the NBA D-League Showcase.
With King’s departure, only five NBA teams have men of color who run their basketball departments, or have final say over personnel: Toronto, where Nigerian-born Masai Ujiri is general manager; Charlotte, whose GM, Rich Cho, is Asian-American; Minnesota, where Milt Newton, born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was named GM after the death of Flip Saunders last year; New Orleans, with GM Dell Demps, and the Clippers, where Doc Rivers got final say on personnel when hired as the Clippers’ coach in 2013.
Cho was asked about rumors Tuesday that the Hornets have had discussions with the Houston Rockets about possibly acquiring center Dwight Howard. Cho laughed in response to the question, then said, “It’s my policy not to comment on trade rumors. I’d like to leave it at that.”