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Portland Trail Blazers fire GM Rich Cho: Fan reaction
The Portland Trail Blazers have fired general manager Rich Cho after less than a year in the position. The move is a bit shocking at this time, especially with the timing of the firing, and how it had seemed like the Blazers were heading in an upwards direction heading into the 2011-12 NBA season.
According to ESPN, Blazers President Larry Miller talked to The Associated Press about the decision, and he shed a bit of light on the situation. Miller stated that, "I think over the course of time that Rich has been here, there was the realization that the chemistry just wasn't there, and we didn't feel it was going to get any better moving forward ." He went on to say that Cho was shocked with the revelation that he was being fired.
If the lack of chemistry was indeed the real reason for firing Cho, and there doesn't seem to be any reason to doubt what Miller is saying, maybe by bringing in a new GM, the Blazers can attain a few key players this offseason. With three years left on his contract and a much improved roster through the trade for Gerald Wallace(notes), it had looked like Cho would be around for a while. The deal that brought in Wallace for a group of role players and draft picks could end up being the best trade the Blazers have made in years.
Cho issued his own statement about the move, stating that, " Obviously it's a difficult day, but I want to truly thank Paul Allen and Larry Miller for the opportunity they gave me here in Portland. I also want to thank the fans, players, coaches, business office staff and especially my basketball operations staff who have supported me along the way. I feel good about the work we've done here and I know the Trail Blazers are headed in the right direction."
It sounds like Cho is really taking the high road in this whole process, which should bode well for him if he tries to take a new job with another organization. It shouldn't be too difficult, as Cho was with the Seattle Sonics and then the Oklahoma City Thunder before getting hired away by the Blazers.
The Blazers finished the 2010-11 season with a nice 48-34 record, despite many key injuries to the roster. Now there are going to be some important moves needed during this current offseason to help the Blazers take the next step towards success. With several free agents and a need to find someone to add scoring depth off the bench, the Blazers could be looking to make a lot of moves in the coming months. That is, of course, if the NBA lockout doesn't destroy those plans.
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*Ryan is a Northwest bred sports fan that has been a Portland Trail Blazers fan for years. He doesn't miss a game, and has high hopes that the Blazers can improve their roster during the offseason and come back even better in the 2011-12 NBA season.
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