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Blazers defend firing of GM Cho, say it was chemistry

May 24, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

Rich Cho AP

For the second time in a year, the Portland Trail Blazers have fired a general manager. For the second time in a year it’s because of a personality clash with the owner Paul Allen and upper management.

Because newly fired Rich Cho had a good reputation around the league — he had been the No. 2 man in Oklahoma City — as did Kevin Pritchard before him, there are a lot of fingers being pointed at the very top of the Blazers. As if the egos have run amok and there is no adult there anymore to check them.

Blazers President Larry Miller says it’s not like that. That’s what he told Ben Golliver of CBSSports Eye on Basketball.

“I think the big issue was chemistry between him and the owner,” Blazers president Larry Miller told CBSSports.com. “They were just never able to click. Rich is a smart guy, a really nice guy, brings some talents to the table but I think if the chemistry isn’t right, it’s hard for it to work….

“There wasn’t an incident,” Miller maintained. “I think we learned from last year, that sometimes it’s better when you know something, to move sooner than later. If we know this is not going to work, let’s not drag it out. Let’s not put it off, let’s just go ahead and move on it now.”

The question is, who is going to have chemistry with the owner? Does the owner and management really know what they want?

With two well respected guys let go, the best and brightest are going to have serious questions about autonomy and direction of the team. The best are going to have serious questions about this situation and the stability in the front office. They may well look elsewhere.

  1. welcometothemachine16 - May 24, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Lets start off with me saying i am not a blazer fan. Its news like this that gives me the feeling that blazers will never win anything. When Kevin Pritchard got fired i was shocked and now they fired Cho I am even more shocked. Have they put together a championship team no, but they put teams together that made the playoffs the past few years. Paul Allen is probably a decent owner when it comes to shelling out money but, I think he has zero basketball IQ. Paul Allen is the Al Davis of the NBA.

  2. randysavage4ever - May 24, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    @welcometothemachine16

    “Paul Allen is the Al Davis of the NBA”

    -You lost all credibility to your entire post with that last comment. How could you compare Al Davis who built an organization by starting out as its head coach in the 1960’s and has more football knowledge then most NFL owners to Paul Allen.

    I respect both Davis & Allen, but in the respected hustle – one is tech, the other is pure football

    there is no comparison. do not put these 2 men in the same conversation about sports knowledge again.

  3. rajbais - May 24, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    The only chemistry that the Blazers should be concerned with is whatever is on the floor!!!

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