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Bobcats Hire Former Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho, Promote Rod Higgins
Published June 14, 2011
The Bobcats brought an "entirely different perspective to their front office" today, as they named former Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho to the same position, according to Rick Bonnell of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Current Bobcats GM Rod Higgins, who was "elevated to the title of President of Basketball Operations," said of Cho, "He has a unique set of skills that I don't possess. His analytical mind is a big plus for us. His legal background is a big plus for us." Bonnell notes Cho became available in late May, after he was "abruptly fired 11 months into his tenure in Portland." Higgins "reached out to Cho within a day of his firing, then went to team owner Michael Jordan, lobbying to hire Cho." The Bobcats have two first-round picks in the June 23 NBA Draft, and Higgins said, "There's huge value in getting this done prior to this draft." Cho was "free to go to work immediately, and was in his office Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena." With the addition of Cho, Higgins said that he "likely will spend more of his time working in oversight with Jordan" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/14). Bonnell on his blog writes the move is "nothing like what the Bobcats" typically do. Bonnell: "Bravo" (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 6/14).