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June 14, 2011

The Cho hire -- a big deal

You're going to read an exclusive story in Tuesday's Observer about the Bobcats hiring former Portland general manager Rich Cho as general manager.


    There are many reasons to think Cho can help the Bobcats. He's amazingly smart (an undergraduate degree in engineering, a law degree from Pepperdine). He has a fascinating history (immigrant from Burma, father makes a living running a convenience store, multiple degrees and gives up everything to be an intern with the SuperSonics long past when the rest of us would have kept our safe engineering job with Boeing).

    But you know what makes this really interesting? It's nothing like what the Bobcats do, and it came from Rod Higgins (who was kicked upstairs with the title of President of Basketball Operations).

    I've always been uneasy with the Bobcats' management structure. It was mostly FOM (Friends of Mike). I never doubted that Higgins or Buzz Peterson were smart guys. I wondered if they were independent enough to tell him things he needs to know, but wouldn't enjoy hearing.

    Rich Cho needs to be that guy. And if he proves to be not that guy, then he wasted a lot of intellect. This organization needs an out-of-the-box presence,  a "Moneyball'' guy. Cho has the stuff to be that presence.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 14, 2011 at 12:38 AM | Permalink


This news obviously validates the thesis that Portland got the best of the Crash trade.

Having said that, some change was needed in the circle surrounding Air Minimum...how it works out is TBD but at least this is a start.

Posted by: George Hanson | Jun 14, 2011 3:08:53 AM

Can he 'manage' to make a night out affordable? If not, his talents will probably be mostly unnoticed in the Queen City.

Posted by: Andy L | Jun 14, 2011 6:14:37 AM

Jordan seems to have gotten one right this time.

Posted by: Age75 | Jun 14, 2011 6:40:04 AM

Wow. Jordan really hit the nail on the head with this move. This was totally unexpected. I think most of us fans could only wish he'd hire Cho. This is the most significant move he's made yet. Andy if you really think that going to a Bobcats game is unaffordable than you really don't even try to go. They constantly run deals during the season. Most nights you can buy tickets for $8-$10 in the upper deck.

Posted by: PantherDave | Jun 14, 2011 7:53:33 AM

Air-lifting brains into the Bobcats mix?...Cho must feel like a mental giant on an island of dazed lilliputians. Of course, now the team - sore from miserable draft and trade "miscalculations" have the ultimate fall guy to blame on future personnel decisions. For the sake of disenchanted fans,let's hope reason and brilliance prevails at Time Warner Arena.

Posted by: Da Sports Machine | Jun 14, 2011 7:56:06 AM

I just hope the 'Cats give him more time than Portland did, I think this guy will be a steal. He needs at least 3 seasons to truly put his stamp on the team and fix the mess MJ made with bad draft picks and trades.

Posted by: R.Boggs | Jun 14, 2011 8:23:58 AM

Great move! Mr. Cho was a big part of successful front offices in Oklahoma City and Portland.

He's a great hire by the Bobcats, and this just shows MJ is serious about winning.

Posted by: Gso Cats Fan | Jun 14, 2011 9:11:25 AM

Great move. Cho will be invaluable during free agency if and when that occurs.

Posted by: apauldds | Jun 14, 2011 9:16:52 AM

The simple fact that this guy spent like 5 years with the Oklahoma City Thunder is enough for me to say this is so far MJ's best move.

The Thunder were BRILLIANT in building a contender out of smart draft picks and great decision making, something the Bobcats DESPERATLY need. I truly hope this works.

George Hanson,

Using this as support for your argument is completly non-sense. These are two completly different issues. The Bobcats need AT LEAST 1-2 seasons (depending on the lockout) in order to accurately assess who, if anybody, got the best out of the Wallace trade. I truly think the Bobcats have a chance of drafting 1 or 2 players equal or better than Crash in this Draft, if that is the case, then you'll have to reconsider. However, trading Crash, although sad and tough, was inevitable, it had to happen. He is not a player to build around, he is a GREAT complementary player (exactly what he is in Portland right now) to Aldrige.

Posted by: RobC | Jun 14, 2011 9:49:37 AM

This is outstanding news...loooooong overdue.

Posted by: TherealJD | Jun 14, 2011 10:06:56 AM

Amen. that is all good points all around

Posted by: Conway | Jun 14, 2011 10:14:29 AM

George Hanson even trying to spin this as negative shows his true colors.

This proves him wrong on so many levels it is embarassing.

Great move Bobcats!

Posted by: Gary | Jun 14, 2011 10:18:02 AM

Andy L - you can get tickets for $6.25/each. How much more affordable do you need?

Posted by: Keith | Jun 14, 2011 10:20:19 AM

Just speculation of course, but what are the odds Silas put the pressure on the GM position after how Gerald’s trade was handled. Assuring Gerald he wasn’t being traded had to be hard on him looking back. I could see a fair amount of resentment towards Higgins not to mention the trust issues.

Posted by: chope | Jun 14, 2011 11:15:05 AM

Great move cats! Picking the right draft choices and getting rid of Boris for a quality player would certify his credentials instantly.

Posted by: easye | Jun 14, 2011 11:22:06 AM

I hope he has enough time (less than 2 weeks) to make a splash in this draft with these 3 picks. But we do need to give him time. Having worked with 3 small-markets (Seattle, OKC and Portland) should serve Charlotte well... but he's got to make his impact felt.

Posted by: DLT | Jun 14, 2011 11:35:20 AM

chope: Good point. I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case.

Posted by: apauldds | Jun 14, 2011 11:43:13 AM

@ Sports Machine...funny stuff, keep it up!

I get a kick out of you bozos that keep saying "Crash had to go" and "he was just a complimentary player" and "he is on the way down"....

....but on the flipside believe that a player over 4 years older who also makes more money, isn't as good,and is too lazy to stay in good enough shape to keep himself on the court for every game -- is somehow a key to the future?!?


Posted by: George Hanson | Jun 14, 2011 11:59:14 AM

You should be laughing at yourself George. You were so wrong it is pathetic. But with your self awareness issues it is clear why you don't understand it. Stop trying to sell the realist garbage. This is pure hate from a troll. If this kind of move doesn't make you happy. Nothing can. Which is why you are Hater Hanson.

Posted by: Gary | Jun 14, 2011 12:13:14 PM

I've been calling for a management move like this since 2004. We finally ( in 2011) have a real basketball franchise.

Maybe now we'll hire real scouts like everybody else does. We have around half the personnel most franchises do.

Does rod higgins really even do anything?

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 14, 2011 12:26:46 PM

Curious...did this guy draft Oden?

Posted by: Walt | Jun 14, 2011 1:01:49 PM

No, Oden was selected by Kevin Pritchard, his predecessor

Posted by: dmutombo | Jun 14, 2011 1:14:31 PM

Dude gets fired from Portland then is lauded here like he's the Chosen One or this is the 2nd coming. Wake me up when MJ decides he wants to spend money and not run this team into the ground. Until then you can hire all the fired GM's you want to offer analytics, its not going to matter.

Posted by: Frank | Jun 14, 2011 1:49:41 PM

Bobcats are on the right path. This guy built the OKC team and he can do the same here. Lets go Cats!

Posted by: bimbocoles | Jun 14, 2011 2:27:34 PM

Cho is a financial bargain if nothing else. Portland has to make up the difference between the Bobcats low ball offer, and Cho's Portland salary. For the next two years, you get a real GM paid for by another team. Well, almost a real GM. Whenever had a choice of buttons to push in Portland, he consistently pushed the wrong button. He may be a decent numbers manager, but he is not a talent scout, or a offensive/defensive brainchild. He's good at taking orders, but is sub par in having the clarity of vision to give directions to others. Jordan will like him because he will work hard at working hard, and be directly two steps back and one step right.

Posted by: A Portland Fan | Jun 14, 2011 2:33:25 PM

a(scornedPortlandfan- bitter?

Posted by: TherealJD | Jun 14, 2011 3:20:29 PM

George Hanson,

I'm assuming you are talking about Stephen Jackson. Just to make it clear, no one ever said that Jack is or was worth keeping over Gerald. The only reason Jack still here is because he is untradeable right now. We all know that if Jordan could've trade him for anything of at least average value, he would've done it.

And also, not 1 Bobcats fan is counting on Jackson to be part of the future for the Bobcats, even less Jordan. That being said, yes, I'm really excited that he is in good shape and ready to have as much impact as he can have for this team. Why, many reasons, 1.) we are stuck with Jack for at least 1 more season when he becomes an expiring contract, so is good to know that he really wants to play well 2.) if he indeed does play good enough or raises his level, that could entice other teams to want to trade for him and that is even better news. Actually, that is the main reason why the Bobcats are making such a big buzz about Jack being in great shape and training hard to try and be an "All-Star" next season.

So to your point, NO, no one picked Jackson over Gerald. the truth is Jordan would have loved to trade Jack instead, and even more realistic is the fact that everyone in this team with a multy year guaranteed contract (except Tyrus Thomas) needed to be traded, once it was obvious that the team was over the luxury tax, with mediocre talent (7th-8th seed at best) and no realistic future after being forced to let Felton go and trading Chandler.

No team team in the NBA was ging to give up any potential or current Star player for Gerald Wallace. Wallace, as good as he is, is not good enough to land you a Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Carmelo Anthony. Two 1st Rd picks and Cap flexibility was as good as it gets. If there is one trade that really made no sense for me, was the Nazr trade, since we actually added $2M in payroll for next season, although I have to agree, DJ White is a very good and cheap player the Bobcats acquire as insurance because they plan on trading Boris and/or Najera in the very near future.

Posted by: RobC | Jun 14, 2011 4:40:26 PM

Silas does not have any power in this organization. He is on a one year contract. I am just glad silas won't be making the draft picks.

Posted by: crymeariver | Jun 14, 2011 5:00:57 PM

Rob C. Don't be offended. George claims to read alot, but his comprehension skills are poor. He consistently misinterprets posts. He is espcially upset right now becasue Jordan did exactly what George said he wouldn't. Invest in the team. It is a difficult time for George.

Posted by: Gary | Jun 14, 2011 6:06:57 PM

@ RobC, thoughtful post on your part. Thanks. Clearly you are well read, and educated...as opposed to some. Appreciate your input.

Posted by: George Hanson | Jun 14, 2011 6:36:42 PM

@Rob C I'm excited to watch Jack in every Bobcats game. One thing I think Dallas proved was to not throw players away so soon. We all know vets are important but there was some major age and experience on that team. Jack needs some real ballers around him.

Posted by: Altheus | Jun 14, 2011 8:47:01 PM

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