Bobcats Promote Higgins, Add Cho as General Manager
Team Adds Rich Cho as General Manager
June 14, 2011
The Charlotte Bobcats today announced the promotion of General Manager Rod Higgins to President of Basketball Operations and the hiring of Rich Cho as General Manager. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Higgins, who initially joined the Bobcats as the team's General Manager on May 31, 2007, will continue to oversee all player personnel matters, including professional and collegiate scouting, draft preparations, training camp, preseason scheduling and the team’s athletic training, equipment and conditioning programs.
"Rod's tireless efforts and leadership have our team and our basketball operations staff moving in the right direction, and the addition of Rich Cho brings another bright basketball mind to our organization," said Bobcats Chairman Michael Jordan. "In making these moves, I am confident that we will continue to build this team into one that can compete at the elite levels of the Eastern Conference and the NBA."
As General Manager, Cho will collaborate with Higgins in areas including player acquisitions, salary cap management and compliance with league rules and the collective bargaining agreement.
Cho joins the Bobcats after serving as General Manager of the Portland Trail Blazers last season, where he became the first Asian-American general manager in American major league sports. Prior to that, Cho spent the previous 10 seasons as Assistant General Manager of the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder.
"We're excited to add someone of Rich's caliber to our front office," Higgins said. "Over the last decade he has become known as one of the best in the business at analytics and salary cap management, and we look forward to him bringing those abilities to our organization."
Cho entered the NBA as an intern with the SuperSonics in 1995 while earning a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. After serving as a part-time consultant for the SuperSonics in 1997, he was hired as the team’s Director of Basketball Affairs in 1998 before being promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2000. A member of the Washington State Bar, Cho also served as Vice President of Legal for the SuperSonics from 2005-07 in addition to his duties as Assistant GM.