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Rich Cho pushed for suspension of Brandon Roy

Posted on: May 23, 2011 4:45 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Two days ago, the seemingly minor story about the Blazers front office pushing for a suspension of Brandon Roy wasn't nearly as interesting. Because two days ago, Rich Cho was still the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Via The Oregonian, Cho wanted to suspend Roy for public comments he made about playing time. Roy said after a game he played only eight minutes, "There was a point in the first half, and I was thinking 'You better not cry.' I mean, serious. I mean, there was a moment where I felt really sorry for myself. Then I was like, nah, you can't be sorry for yourself. I'm a grown man, but there was a moment there that I felt sorry for myself. Especially when I think I can still help."

The comments look harmless enough to me. But Cho didn't take them that way. Cho wanted to suspend Roy. Earlier in the season Cho had warned the outspoken Roy about making his case for more time through the media after he indicated he and teammate Andre Miller couldn't co-exist.

Cho must've seen these comments as the last straw. After discussions with Nate McMillan and owner Paul Allen, the decision was that Roy would apologize for his comments to the team. Which he did.

Roy responded by scoring 16 points in Game 3 and then 18 points in an all-time Game 4 which featured a crazy 23-point comeback from Portland. While Cho wanted to send a message I guess, Roy had a huge hand in extending the series to six games.

Here's the interesting part of the story though, especially because again, this is two days before Cho and the Blazers parted ways.
Pushing for a suspension was a bold play by Cho. Especially given that the last general manager, Kevin Pritchard, lost his job for thinking on his own. And even though I stone-cold disagree with the idea of suspending Roy for telling the world how he felt, I appreciate that Cho is trying to assert himself in a place that mostly deters it.

The well-placed source said Cho was talked off his initial position by McMillan and owner Paul Allen, who were in agreement that a suspension was neither warranted, nor a welcome distraction for a team down 0-2 to the Mavericks.

Being outranked by Allen is one thing. But the larger issue is whether the need for Allen to step in, and Roy’s subsequent performance, spells trouble for Cho in the big bossman’s eyes moving forward.
It's speculation, but the coincidence is hard to ignore. Cho might not have been doomed when he pushed for a suspension, but with the controlling manner the Blazers ownership runs things, I'm sure it didn't help.

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:36 pm

Rich Cho pushed for suspension of Brandon Roy

Paul Allen is merely a geeky nerd and egomaniac, who has no people skills and suffers from 30 plus years of paranoia knowing that Microsoft was IBM's second choice to DR DOS, and in fact had no product available of their own when IBM finally came calling and had to purchase the required operating system from a small computer company in the same part of Seattle.  His wealth is due to luck more than any acumen he or Bill Gates displayed in the formation of Microsoft.

Accordingly, his subsequent business ventures have been the occaisional mediocre to modest success, most often just being flat out failures.  He has the reverse Midas touch - everything he is involved in turns to lead.

A real business owner/CEO would not have his nose in a place it does not belong.  You hire a general manager and other top level management to handle the big decisions. The bottom line is what matters.  If your company makes money, you look good and all is fine.  If your team wins, you look good, and that should be fine as well.  For Paul Allen, that is not enough.  He has to be known as the architect of this Gaudy monstrosity of a franchise.  If they ever do win, he will be there to accept the acclaim, but when things are not going well, it is chalked up to poor chemistry, and heads roll.

Mr Allen, be a business man, and get the hell out of the way.  Let your professional managers do the work they were hired to do, get your cronies out of the offices, and let the folks who know, make the decisions.

The only constant in 20 years of TrailBlazer mediocrity is Paul Allen.  That's all one needs to know about the source of the dysfunction.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:55 pm

Rich Cho pushed for suspension of Brandon Roy

I agree with you but his relationship with the owner makes him untouchable and not his play time on the court.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:27 pm

Rich Cho pushed for suspension of Brandon Roy

@Aliens509, um you think Roy is untouchable?  His doctors have already told him he has 2-3 years left to play because of his chronic knees, and he wont 1/4th of the player he was a few years ago....So if you are wondering The Blazzers would give a away Roy if anyone was willing to take his multi year gigantic one will ever take it.  Roy is not what he was and he is not "untouchable". 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 23, 2011 6:07 pm

Rich Cho pushed for suspension of Brandon Roy

Rich Cho, just in case if you ever find another job in the NBA as a GM, you need to know that there are some players that is "untouchable" not only because how important they are on their respective team but also their relationship with the owners. If you think you have the balls to suspend or discipline these players, you're going to end losing your job either in the middle of the season or the end of the season unless if you are the owner of the team, than you are safe. The untochable players at the present time, imo that will get you fired are, Kobe, Dirk, LeBron, Wade, Durant, Melo, Stoudemire, Dwight and CP3 and obviously Roy. Deron William was in this group too but the Jazz brought him down a notch, well, the owner did. The Big 3 in Boston was also in this untouchable group during their prime but due to their age, they too drop in value.

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