Rich Cho Is The New GM, Do You Like The Hire?
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  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 07/19/2010 10:25 AM

    Do you like the hire?
    YES (26)
     63%
    NO (7)
     17%
    Indifferent (8)
     20%
    Letter from Larry MIller ~

    It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Trail Blazers new general manager, Rich Cho. Staying true to our commitment to Portland, our top priorities in this process were to find someone who has the proven abilities to be a leader in our business and in our community. Our search was dedicated to finding a person we knew could immediately take over the daily management of our team and basketball staff while focusing keenly on taking us to next level as a serious NBA contender. I am convinced Rich Cho is that person.


    With roots firmly planted in the Northwest, Rich has grown up very familiar with Portland’s passion for its NBA franchise. He has great respect for the city, the team and our ownership’s dedication to building a championship organization both on the court and off. He and his wife, Julie, are excited to bring their two daughters to Oregon and make Portland their new home.

    Going into this search, it was very important to me to be diligent in evaluating all possible options for Portland and not settling until I knew we had the right person. I have heard from so many people over the past several months. I know how passionate our fans are. I have full respect for the job journalists have to do on a daily basis. I am so proud of the work the Trail Blazers staff continues to do and am fully committed to continue to provide them all with what they need to be successful. For our fans, for our media and for our team and staff, Rich Cho will be a seamless and inspirational addition.

    I want to thank Paul Allen for continuing to set the bar for professional sports organizations, bringing his passion and resources generously with one goal – bringing a championship to Portland and to Oregon. He is without a doubt this team’s biggest fan and we will work very hard to make his vision a reality.

    To Trail Blazers fans, thank you for your commitment and support. This decision was made with you very much in mind. If you ask anyone that knows him, Rich Cho is first and foremost a great person. He is wildly popular and respected throughout the league. He will work tirelessly for this team and for you. I look forward to you all getting to know him and seeing him in action.


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  1. Crim
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    Posted 07/19/2010 10:29 AM

    I was going to support their choice either way, but this guy was a sensible choice. Hope he works out.
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  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 07/19/2010 10:29 AM

    Oops, I guess his name is "Rich" not Richard.  Admin, can you please change?
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 07/19/2010 10:34 AM

    Just glad we picked a GM, and we can move on with getting some coaches signed and perhaps do some trades.
    Seems like he's going to fit in well, kind of soft spoken, and he's a NW guy so thats a plus. 

    Congrats to him, and welcome to Rip City! 
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 07/19/2010 10:53 AM

    Welcome to Portland. You have big shoes to fill.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/19/2010 11:08 AM

    Here is the full press release-

     Portland, Ore. – 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.

    “I am extremely humbled and grateful for this opportunity, and I will do everything I can to help this great team get even better,” said Rich Cho. “When I met with Mr. Allen, Larry Miller, and coach McMillan, it was immediately apparent to me that this organization has an incredible commitment to winning. As someone who grew up in the northwest, I’m aware of the unbelievable passion and support that Trail Blazers fans have, and I’m excited to be a part of this rich tradition.”

    Cho entered the NBA as an intern with the SuperSonics in 1995 while earning a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He was brought on as a part-time consultant for the SuperSonics in 1997. Later that year he was hired as the team’s director of basketball affairs, a position he held until being promoted to assistant general manager in 2000.

    “Rich Cho joins us as one of the new generation of general managers in the NBA,” said Paul Allen, Trail Blazers owner. “We were all impressed with the depth and breadth of his skill-set and we know his leadership will be a critical to make our great organization even more successful. I really enjoyed meeting with him and discussing what he could bring to the Blazers to make that happen."

    While assistant general manager with the SuperSonics/Thunder, Cho, who is known for his analytical skills, was responsible for constructing trades, contract negotiations, salary cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement matters, player contracts and all player personnel issues. Cho also reviewed contract matters for the Seattle Storm.

    A member of the Washington State Bar, Cho was also a valuable asset to the business office, having served as Vice President of Legal for the SuperSonics from 2005-07. He handled all the legal work involved with sponsorship agreements, licensing issues, employment contracts and immigration issues.

    During his internship with the SuperSonics, Cho - with the assistance of two Microsoft programmers - helped design and implement one of the NBA’s most advanced and comprehensive college and professional player-evaluation systems that integrates player statistics, scouting information and contract details.

    I worked with Cho in Seattle,” said Trail Blazers Head Coach, Nate McMillan. “He works 24/7. He’s intelligent, soft-spoken, a family guy. He has been the most sought after NBA executive over the past couple of years. He can get deals done and make things happen. I look forward to working as a team with Rich and Larry Miller. Next steps will be to finalize my coaching staff. I hope to make that announcement later this week”

    Cho, 44, is a northwest native, having attended Decatur High School in Federal Way, Wash. before earning an engineering degree from Washington State University. His law degree from Pepperdine University includes an emphasis in sports law, contract negotiations and dispute resolution.

    Prior to entering the NBA, he had previously worked as an engineer at Boeing in Seattle from 1990-95.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/19/2010 12:25 PM

    He was my top choice and although I don't know too much about him, from what I've heard, I like. I like the fact he comes from a good organization and knows the cap well. That will come into play once the new CBA has been agreed to next year. Can't wait to see what the first move is going to be!
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  1. Kassandra
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    Posted 07/19/2010 12:46 PM

    it was indicated that Cho, Ferry and Pfund were the finalists for the gm position on BE last week, and after reading a quick bio, i thought Cho seemed to be the best fit. i liked that he worked in seattle with Nate, so there's a familiarity there. he also is a numbers guy so he brings something which Tom Penn gave us during his time with the team.

    the only drawback is that if we would have hired Randy, he could have helped us with "Pfund-raising!" lol sorry, i had to!

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  1. Blazers4Life247
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    Posted 07/19/2010 1:31 PM

    i love this hire =D wooooo this is the guy i was hoping we picked. now i hope he gets to work!
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  1. Crim
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    Posted 07/19/2010 1:41 PM

    I'm not a fan of him saying we aren't a championship contender, but that just means as blazer fans we can now expect a huge blockbuster trade and a superstar by training camp. If that's not his plan, or if that isn't something he is able to pull off, then does that come down on his shoulders?
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  1. GuitarJ111
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    Posted 07/19/2010 2:18 PM

    Well obviously there is something in mind considering in his interview he mentioned a couple of times that we are a piece or two away from championship level.  Lets hope this guy can get the job done and at the same time keep Nic!!!  I can part with Rudy, Bayless, Miller, Pryz if needed but it would be very very hard to part with Nic, especially with Wes here now... Those two out there together would be awesome to see in action.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/19/2010 3:00 PM

    Posted By Crim on 07/19/2010 1:41 PM
    I'm not a fan of him saying we aren't a championship contender, but that just means as blazer fans we can now expect a huge blockbuster trade and a superstar by training camp. If that's not his plan, or if that isn't something he is able to pull off, then does that come down on his shoulders?

    As much as it may hurt, we aren't championship contenders right now. Even if healthy, we need to prove we can get out of the first round. I mean, even to be called contenders puts you into elite category. Probably only the Heat, Lakers, Celtics and Magic can be considered contenders right now and so I agree with him that we aren't there yet. A couple more moves and a good playoff showing and we should start to be mentioned in the same breath as the others.

    Also, trading for a superstar is A LOT easier said than done so don't set your hopes so high they can reach the moon. I really wish the CP3 rumors weren't leaked to the public, because now everyone is going to set that as a barometer for Cho which is unfair in my book.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/19/2010 3:03 PM

    Posted By JENNYGUITAR111 on 07/19/2010 2:18 PM
    Well obviously there is something in mind considering in his interview he mentioned a couple of times that we are a piece or two away from championship level.  Lets hope this guy can get the job done and at the same time keep Nic!!!  I can part with Rudy, Bayless, Miller, Pryz if needed but it would be very very hard to part with Nic, especially with Wes here now... Those two out there together would be awesome to see in action.

    A lot of fans don't want to see Nic go, but if you want to receive talent, big time superstar talent, in return you need to send something back the other teams way. I know if I was an opposing GM, Batum would be the first choice on my list to go after since BR and GO are most likely off the table. Now, I wouldn't deal Nico for a lot of players, but if the player coming back was a legit top 10-15 player in the league, then you may have to do what's best for the team in the long run.

    Although, I can agree with you. I want to see Nico and Wes on the court together, locking down the perimeter for the opposition. That'd be a beautiful sight to behold!
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  1. Crim
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    Posted 07/19/2010 3:09 PM

    I can live with that analogy of contender Dhawes, as long as he doesn't count his old club OKC or Atlanta a contender.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 07/19/2010 3:14 PM

    Posted By Crim on 07/19/2010 1:41 PM
    I'm not a fan of him saying we aren't a championship contender, but that just means as blazer fans we can now expect a huge blockbuster trade and a superstar by training camp. If that's not his plan, or if that isn't something he is able to pull off, then does that come down on his shoulders?
    I have waited to weigh in, taking in as much as possible before commenting.  I have been a VERY outspoken supporter of Randy Pfund.  There is a part of me that still wonders, with his experience and connections over his impressive career, how quickly he could have and would have been on the phone rectifying our current roster situation(s).  That said, I am growing increasingly optimistic about this decision.  I actually LIKED that he had the audacity to say that he felt we weren't a championship contender, suggesting he will be busy in the coming days, weeks, months before the trade deadline.  To that point, I DO feel that he will be forever linked with THIS SUMMER and offseason...and it will be a pass/fail grade with BlazerNation.  We will soon learn how our new GM performs under pressure.  Welcome to our fishbowl Rich Cho, and welcome to RipCity! 
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 07/19/2010 6:42 PM

    I'm fine with it. I feel that with Chad and Mike heading up the scouting side of the player inteligence and then adding in Rich's analytical point of view the Blazers have the opportunity to get the best player for our system. I like the idea of having all our bases covered.
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  1. BrianTQuach
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    Posted 07/19/2010 10:42 PM

    Even though I hated to see KP go, I like Cho. He's been the assistant GM for the Seattle/OKC franchise for the past 9 years, so he would was ready to be a GM. He's modest, and I think he's got the experience and intelligence to help the Blazers become Championship contenders in the next year or 2. Some people doubt him and Wes, but they're both going to be huge in making this team better.
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  1. BrianTQuach
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    Posted 07/19/2010 10:42 PM

    Even though I hated to see KP go, I like Cho. He's been the assistant GM for the Seattle/OKC franchise for the past 9 years, so he would was ready to be a GM. He's modest, and I think he's got the experience and intelligence to help the Blazers become Championship contenders in the next year or 2. Some people doubt him and Wes, but they're both going to be huge in making this team better.
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 07/20/2010 10:31 AM

    I'm glad we just have a GM, if he's a good one it remains to be seen. I mean if he impressed Larry Miller more than Randy Pfund did he's got to be doing something right
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 07/20/2010 10:38 AM

    I would not have liked anyone they hired to be honest.  But, I do like the way it was handled by Blazer management. Courtside was one of the best I have seen in long time last night.  I'm open to seeing what Cho does before I have an opinion either way about him.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/20/2010 10:58 AM

    From every media outlet out there, Cho seems to be a a slam-dunk hire. From the local websites to Henry Abbott on ESPN True Hoop, the same positive endorsement keeps ringing in for Cho. Hopefully everyone is right about him and we've found ourselves a GM for the foreseeable future! I wonder who he'll bring in to be the Asst. GM?
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 07/20/2010 11:43 AM

    The CHO-sen one haha
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 07/20/2010 11:57 AM

    ChoTime, 'Cho Nuff, Cho Mama..man the Cho-isms are endless!
    Anyways, I really like the hire. As much as we may hate on the Thunder, their management staff has really helped put that team on the map. They have made good draft decisions and are financially responsible. Anytime you can go into a good organization like that and pluck someone from there, its a  good thing. We have great scouts set up in place when Cho starts on the job full-time and hopefully he can add an experienced assistant GM to help him out in that aspect.
    I'm ready for his first move and to see what mark he is going to leave on this organization.
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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 07/20/2010 2:44 PM

    A technocratic boss? If you understand the question.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 07/20/2010 5:31 PM

    I bet this kid's excited. Not like he's runnin' the Nets or Clippers, he's a BLAZER now!
    WOO HOO!!!
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