Thunder's Rich Cho named new Portland Trail Blazers GM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has lost the second key member of its basketball operations staff of the summer. Assistant coach Ron Adams left for Chicago in June, and assistant general manager Rich Cho was named general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: July 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm •  Published: July 19, 2010
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It's unclear whether Presti will replace Cho. But with Assistant General Manager Troy Weaver, another fast-rising basketball man, Director of Pro Player Personnel Bill Branch, Director of College/International Player Personnel Rob Hennigan and Director of Basketball Administration and Technology Paul Rivers, the Thunder still has a more than capable front office.

Losing Cho, however is a significant blow to the Thunder because of Cho's vast knowledge of the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement and the minutia of the league's salary cap. It also doesn't help that Cho, 44, is taking the reins of a roster that is the Thunder's foremost rival as the league's best young team. Cho joins a ready-made organization that currently has Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Oden, Jerryd Bayless, Rudy Fernandez, Nicolas Batum, rookie Luke Babbitt and veterans Marcus Camby and Andre Miller.

“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 Cho, who grew up just outside of Seattle. “When I met with Mr. (Paul) Allen, Larry Miller and coach (Nate) 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.”