Occasionally, the Charlotte Bobcats do something that can really surprise you -- sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad one.
Today, for the Bobcats, is a good day. They have made an out-of-the-box hire for a new front office man, hiring Rich Cho as their new general manager and moving Rod Higgins upstairs to president of basketball operations.
Cho was the guy on the other side of the Gerald Wallace trade -- the GM who got that deal done for Portland. Then he was mysteriously fired a couple of months later, apparently because he and billionaire owner Paul Allen failed to "connect." Cho was only 11 months into that job when he got fired, but the Trail Blazers have a history of odd moves like that, so I won't hold that against him.
What Cho brings to the Bobcats is an eclectic background (he once worked as an engineer for Boeing and he holds a law degree from Pepperdine) and a vicious work ethic (he began his NBA career as a no-name intern and slowly worked his way up).
Cho has already gone to work for the Bobcats -- his hiring was exclusively reported by The Observer's Rick Bonnell in Tuesday's newspaper and online. Now, ironically, he gets to use one of the draft choices he traded to the Bobcats in the Wallace trade.