PORTLAND - The Portland Trail Blazers parted ways with General Manager Rich Cho Monday.
"The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn't right," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. "This was a tough move because I respect Rich and he's a good person with many strong skills. But it simply wasn't a good match."
The team said there was no timeline for a search for a new GM. Chad Buchanan, the Director of College Scouting, will serve as acting GM.
The Blazers fell to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 6 of the first round of the 2010-2011 NBA playoffs.
Recently word leaked that Cho was the lone voice in the organization who wanted to suspend star Brandon Roy for speaking out about his unhappiness following Game 2 of the playoffs. Many have speculated that was the reason for Cho's abrupt firing.
"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," Cho said in a statement Monday. "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."
What ever the reason, those close to Cho said it certainly caught him off guard.
"Rich was shocked, as you would expect. But to his credit and to the kind of individual that he is, the first thing that he said in his deliberate style of communicating was well, the first thing I want to say, is 'I want to thank you and Paul Allen for giving me this opportunity,'" said Blazers president Larry Miller.
Cho became the ninth general manager in Blazers history after spending the past nine seasons as assistant general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder. He was hired in July of 2010 and had just moved his family to the Portland area in the last couple months.
"This decision, as difficult as it was to make, reflects our willingness to admit and recognize that things haven't worked out," team owner Paul Allen said. "We're going to be tough on ourselves in assessing what we could have done better, and then go out and find the executive who is the best fit with the needs of our franchise. That chemistry and connection is critically important."