View Full Version : Higgins Promoted, Cho Hired as General Manager

06-14-2011, 01:22 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just over a week before one of the biggest drafts in the Charlotte Bobcats' short history, owner Michael Jordan has shaken up the front office.

The Bobcats announced late Monday they've hired former Portland general manager Rich Cho to the same position. Rod Higgins, who had held that job since 2007, was promoted to president of basketball operations.

Cho's new role comes three weeks after he was fired by the Trail Blazers — after less than a year on the job — and four months after he brokered a trade deadline deal with Higgins and Charlotte that sent Gerald Wallace to the Blazers.

The trade opened salary-cap space for Charlotte and yielded a first-round pick. The Bobcats on June 23 will pick ninth, 19th and 39th, and Jordan has said the draft is critical for Charlotte's future.

The expansion Bobcats have made the playoffs just once in their seven seasons and sunk to 34-48 this past season, during which Jordan fired coach Larry Brown and hired Paul Silas. Jordan, who has had the final say on basketball decisions since 2006, bought the team outright last year and is seemingly leaving his element in hiring Cho.

Jordan had brought in mostly confidants to the front office. Higgins was a former teammate and team president Fred Whitfield is an old friend. Cho will give the Bobcats a fresh perspective as Jordan tries to make the money-losing team a winner.

Born in Burma, Cho became the NBA's first Asian GM last year when he was hired away from Oklahoma City's front office. But he lasted less than a year despite being praised for the Wallace deal because of what Blazers President Larry Miller called "chemistry issues."

Cho, who has a law degree from Pepperdine, will assist Higgins in basketball decisions and handle the salary cap.

The Bobcats have already done much of their draft preparation, but will resume player workouts Wednesday with Cho expected to attend.


06-14-2011, 01:33 AM
Huge move if MJ stays out of the way and let's Cho do his job. Ignore Cho's year in Portland and remember he played a hand in what has been built in Oklahoma City. OKC is the perfect model for what we need to do in remodeling the franchise but we still have to be patient!

06-14-2011, 08:20 AM
Your getting a good man here, he's patient and dilligent. He's a very good negotiator and very good with the salary cap. Good hire

06-14-2011, 12:44 PM
I agree, great hire! Cho appears to be well qualified and if he can somehow turn this franchise around into anything resembling OKC then I will be super excited.

06-14-2011, 01:57 PM
I agree, great hire! Cho appears to be well qualified and if he can somehow turn this franchise around into anything resembling OKC then I will be super excited.

The great thing about this hire for you guys is he comes from another smaller market team so he knows how thrive while keeping the payroll under control.

06-14-2011, 02:18 PM
It's about time this happened.

06-14-2011, 06:42 PM
Presti also said it was not uncommon for Cho to engineer the framework of a trade on the phone, then run it by the management team for approval.

The latest example came on draft night last month, Presti said. Cho traded Oklahoma City's No. 32 pick to Miami for the Heat's No. 18 pick and guard Daequan Cook. In turn, Cho turned the 18th pick into a future first-round pick with the Los Angeles Clippers.

So what started out to be the No. 32 pick turned out to be Cook and a future first-round pick.

That type of move, Cho says, is typical of his way of thinking.

"When you make trades you have to look at it in a layering aspect: So let's make this trade, and maybe what we get out of this trade can help us make a subsequent trade," Cho explained. "Sometimes you have to make one deal to make another."


This is the exact approach the Bobcats need.

06-15-2011, 01:14 PM
Congrats on hiring Cho, he did a very good job for us. I still wish he was our GM, but our FO is ********