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Blazers name Rich Cho as new general manager

Posted Jul 19 2010 2:10PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oklahoma City assistant general manager Rich Cho has been named the new GM of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Cho, 44, has been assistant for the Thunder for the past nine seasons. The northwest native joined the team as an intern when the franchise was based in Seattle.

"Everyone I spoke to about Rich commented not just on his qualifications but on who he is as a person,'' Blazers president Larry Miller said in a statement. "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.''

Terms of the contract with Cho were not disclosed. The Blazers scheduled a news conference on Monday to discuss the appointment.

Cho replaces Kevin Pritchard, who helped usher the team out of the Jail Blazers era but was fired shortly before the NBA draft last month.

During his time in Seattle Cho worked closely with Microsoft to develop a comprehensive player evaluation system. A member of the Washington State Bar, he also served as a vice president in charge of legal affairs for the SuperSonics from 2005-07, handling issues including licensing agreements and employment contracts.

"He has been the most sought after NBA executive over the past couple of years,'' said Blazers coach Nate McMillan, who worked with Cho in Seattle. "He can get deals done and make things happen.

"Next steps will be to finalize my coaching staff. I hope to make that announcement later this week''

Cho, who also has worked at Boeing, is a graduate of Washington State. He attended law school at Pepperdine.

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