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Monday, July 19th, 2010 at 1:30 pm  |  19 responses

Rich Cho: New GM in Portland

The Blazers’ website has all the info on Portland’s new boss: “The Portland Trail Blazers have named Rich Cho as the team’s new general manager, Trail Blazers President Larry Miller announced today. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. ‘Rich is the perfect fit for our organization,’ said Larry Miller, Trail Blazers president. ‘He has the right balance of basketball knowledge, business acumen and tremendous people skills. Everyone I spoke to about Rich commented not just on his qualifications but on who he is as a person. He is well known for his ability to connect genuinely with people. Rich will be a great fit for our organization and for Portland. He is an executive on the rise and we’re thrilled to have him as a Trail Blazer.’ Cho, who becomes the ninth general manager in Trail Blazers history, joins the Trail Blazers after spending the past nine seasons as assistant general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder.”

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  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I thought I kind of recognized that name…I think Darnell Mayberry had said that Cho was a possible candidate for that job a while back.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    So you fired the best GM in the league for an assistant. Well done, Portland.

  • Atrain

    Pritchard is good, but best GM in league? Im sure Presi, Buford, or Hammond have something to say about that.

    But I also question a firing/hiring assistant move. Always seems like a lateral move to me

  • vanillagorrila

    I’m a portland fan/native and this move sits well. Everyone going on about Pritchard and why he shouldn’t have been fired don’t know the story. It had nothing to do with his performance as a gm, period. There was visible tension between the president(who hasn’t ever been in the fans good graces)/allen and Kev+his staff. There were emails and texts over the years that PA thought undermined him and the higher ups. They thought he was more concerned about personal success/fame rather than whats best for the team and so on and so forth. That tension created distance between departments of the organization and they decided to wipe the current management starting with his assistant. I liked kev but you need a cohesive organization to be successful in the long run and if Cho can make moves and decisions like he has as a part of OKC then it should be all good. Allen doesn’t like to be criticized for his decisions like essentially forcing kp to draft webster over cp3 and dwill which I’m sure was brought up over the last few years and Cho will probably not have the balls to question the Vulcan empire.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Buford is definitely in the conversation, and Presti and Hammond are both respectable, but Pritchard is an absolute genius. I’m sure someone will make some sort of Greg Oden crack now that I’ve said this, but the injuries get the blame for that. The fact of the matter is that everyone on Portland’s squad except for Oden has been an absolute steal. i.e. a draft day trade swapping Randy Foye for Brandon Roy, Rudy Fernandez from Pheonix, Camby…despite 85% of the team having multiple freak injuries at one point or another, the team’s depth was so good that they could compete with anybody. Just an opinion, but still. If there was one thing right with that organization, it was Pritchard.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Vanil..: Interesting point, but at the same time proves what I’m saying. If things are better this season than last (like if Greg Oden actually stays healthy), it’s still to the credit of Pritchard in my opinion. As a more time passes, though, I see the team headed for a decline now that he’s gone.

  • jdn41

    rich cho doing it up for asian nation

  • ciroqobama

    Rich Cho > David Kahn

  • ciroqobama

    Mike Dunleavy > David Kahn

  • ciroqobama

    A bag of gym socks > David Kahn

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    when the organization let go of Pritchard, they said they wanted an experienced GM to replace him and then they take a long time to fill the position, while getting turned down time after time. Nobody wants to play, or work for this Blazer team and have settled once again.

  • chintao

    A bag of dirty gym socks > David Kahn > Obama

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    im very happy with this hiring…it means the direction of the project stays the same as with Pritch.

  • Lazarus

    myself > david kahn.

  • Lazarus

    myself > david kahn.

  • Lazarus

    myself > david kahn.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    im happy with this..IT KEEPS US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.

  • The Philosopher

    I love Paul Allen.

  • giogolo

    @vanillagorrila-if theres any truth to waht u said.
    if an owner forces a GM to pick webster over CP# he needs to needs to sit still and mind his own business from there on. being a billionaire geek doesn’t make u bball genius.

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