Rich Cho Out As Portland GM

23 May

via ESPN
Rich Cho is out as the Portland Trail Blazers’ general manager, the team said Monday. The team said it “parted ways” with Cho, who had been on the job less than a year.

“The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn’t right,” Trail Blazers team president Larry Miller said in a statement from the team. “This was a tough move because I respect Rich and he’s a good person with many strong skills. But it simply wasn’t a good match.”

Chad Buchanan, the team’s college scouting director, will serve as acting GM until a permanent replacement is hired, the team said.

“This decision, as difficult as it was to make, reflects our willingness to admit and recognize that things haven’t worked out,” team owner Paul Allen said. “We’re going to be tough on ourselves in assessing what we could have done better, and then go out and find the executive who is the best fit with the needs of our franchise. That chemistry and connection is critically important.”

The Blazers scheduled a news conference on Monday afternoon.

The Trial Blazers hired Cho last July, after he had spent nine seasons as an assistant general manager with the Oklahoma City/Seattle organization. Cho succeeded Kevin Pritchard, whom the team abruptly dismissed hours before the 2010 NBA draft.

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