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June 18, 2013

So you say you want to be the next Rich Cho for the Charlotte Bobcats

            So to every Charlotte Bobcats fan who has said, “Hey, I could run that front office as well as those guys…’’

            Here’s your start, so long as you have a computer-science degree, are willing to work long hours and can respond to obscure requests on the quick. The Bobcats are searching for a “Basketball Operations System Developer,’’ which sounds a lot like how general manager Rich Cho got his start in the NBA.

            Cho was attending Pepperdine Law School, with a degree in engineering, when Wally Walker, then running the Seattle Supersonics, brought Cho in as an intern to create a high-tech basketball data base. Cho is particularly proud of the database he assembled for the Bobcats a year ago, and this job ad sounds like someone who’ll obtain and feed fresh info into that system.

            The Bobcats need someone with a whole lot of computer experience and an appreciation for advanced basketball statistics. And you must be confidential (like, don’t tell the Observer who they’ll draft with the fourth pick next week).

Here's the link to the job ad:


            Sure it’s grunt work. The ad specifically asks for those willing to work extended hours “nights, weekends, holidays.’’

            Wait a minute…that sounds way too much like sports writing. Think twice before applying.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 18, 2013 at 08:30 PM | Permalink


This has nothing to do with making business decisions. The position is to input, scrub, data mine, and input data into a repository. In the finance world this would be a system developer or analyst position. Nothing to do with running a team, they should just offshore the job....

Posted by: Billy | Jun 18, 2013 8:55:31 PM

^^^ pro outsourcing. popular stance there. it's called "entry level" to a dream job. it's the kind of thing a 22 year old basketball geek dreams of but doesn't even know it.

kind of how video coordinator went for erick spoelstra.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 18, 2013 9:07:08 PM

I wonder what the salary for this is, sounds pretty awesome, minus the hours/nights/weekends/holidays part..

Posted by: Jon | Jun 18, 2013 9:50:37 PM

probably closer to nothing than something.

most sports franchises are top heavy with the salaries. the really smart ones aren't. there's more value in numbers. very few GM's are worth the kind of money some of them just got this summer.

there's a certain "natural" element to basketball front office that guarantees a certain amount of success with a certain amount of time. the only GM's that are actually earning their money are buford and presti and ujiri (before this summer, now dude is grossly overpaid).

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 18, 2013 10:14:28 PM

Wonder if they will have another opening when I graduate with my Computer Science degree in Computer Programming in 2014.

Posted by: JWP | Jun 18, 2013 10:14:56 PM

How about Rod Higgins Job. What exactly are his skills and track record? I think I could qualify for that one.

Posted by: Jimbo | Jun 19, 2013 6:53:09 AM

I get a kick out of how lathered up BOOBcat fans get about a guy that Thunder declined to retain, was fired by the the Blazers in less than a year, and whose only bounceback offer was from the worst team in the league. Laughable.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 19, 2013 8:49:05 AM

^^^ compared to rod higgins.......he is a god.

you have to understand his value to us is so much greater than to anyone else. I mean higgins and david kahn were regularly gutting it out for worst executive in all of pro sports (in the entire world) year in and year out. cho made us somewhat average in that department. that alone gets a wealth of praise. maybe even a statue.

not once has rich cho traded an all-star, championship team starting center for matt carroll and eduardo najera with something like 20 million owed to them. not once. he should put that on his resume.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 19, 2013 10:05:25 AM

All very fair points! It really is amazing how low the bar is set within the executive offices of the Charlotte BOBcats, truly the laughingstock of the league.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 19, 2013 10:29:34 AM

No one wants Rich Cho's job. They want Rich Cho to actually be able to do Rich Cho's job. What we want is Rod Higgins gone. As someone pointed out previous. Point out 1 of his successes. Just 1. It feels like Marty Hurney all over again....but worse.

Posted by: Yacobs | Jun 19, 2013 11:16:45 AM

Why do sports writers always complain about how tough they have it?
This draft will definitely show Cho's skills. Having to mine almost un-mineable territory and come up with something promising.

Posted by: BD | Jun 19, 2013 12:23:20 PM

NO COMPARISON TO MARTY HURNEY. It's as if you guys forget that hurney delivered a winning team every time the star players were healthy and when they weren't, we were between 6-10 and 8-8. The hate for hurney in this city is ridiculous.

higgins patchworked together a mediocre 7 seed that easily got swept 1 year and couldn't be kept together because of them all being overpaid (and deciding to give tyrus thomas 40 million on top of that).

no comparison at all.

and yeah there are plenty of people that would kill for rich cho's job. gm of an nba team? you hear charles barkley and kenny smith talk about it almost every single broadcast. there are literally a million people that would kill for that job and easily a few thousand qualified/smart enough to do it (sans the experience in many cases) and probably better.

i'm still on the fence with cho. I didn't like walker as a pick (i wanted leonard) but walker grew on me last year with his improvement from his rookie year. i didn't dislike mkg as a pick, but didn't like him #2 overall and liked barnes a whole lot more. i think he and barnes will have similar caliber careers just different games. i liked the biyombo pick but they have to stick with his development if it's going to pan out. liked the mullens trade, liked the gordon trade (for the pick, not gordon) but absolutely hated how they handled augustin and derrick brown last summer. really a iffy move to tender a guy to restrict their movement, and then pull the tender right before they sign it and after other teams have finished shopping sprees. i expect the same kind of treatment with henderson this summer and as much as it's tactical and ruthless (it is a business), it hurts your reputation for players who get drafted here or who would potentially sign here as FA (who we already have to overpay).

so yeah.....dude is way better than higgins, but he's no buford or morey or presti by any stretch.

he got fired in portland because paul allen wanted to be in win now mode and cho didn't think the team was ready for that and ultimately was right. allen pushed him into the deals for wallace and felton and allen looks like an idiot for it. cost them 2-3 years of aldridge/batum's prime.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 19, 2013 12:54:40 PM

Good analysis charlottean!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 19, 2013 7:38:36 PM

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