Peterson is a former roommate of Jordan’s at the University of North Carolina, and Kupchak is a former All-American at UNC.
Outside of the North Carolina extended family tree, internal discussion on another possible candidate for GM includes Gersson Rosas, league sources said. Rosas is the Houston Rockets’ executive vice president of basketball operations.
Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who missed part of the season with severe headaches, has a year left on a contract that pays him north of $3 million per year. Clifford has had a strong relationship with Jordan.
Cho, 52, has worked in front offices for more than 20 years, including under Sam Presti in Seattle and Oklahoma City and less than a year as Portland’s GM.
“It’s been a privilege to serve as the Charlotte Hornets’ General Manager for the past seven years,” Cho said in a statement. “I want to thank Michael Jordan, Curtis Polk, and the entire organization for giving me that opportunity, and for their support since that moment. I also want to thank the basketball and business operations staffs, Head Coach Steve Clifford and his staff, and our players for their commitment to excellence and success. Charlotte is a special city with deeply loyal fans and I will always be grateful for my experience with the franchise.”
“We did a great job keeping our focus, even when they made shots, went on runs and the crowd got into it. Our mentality allowed us to weather each storm that came,” Lillard said.
McCollum and Lillard drove through and around the Jazz defense, which was ranked at the top of the league during their streak.
The Jazz finally got within single digits at 90-81 but McCollum scored on three consecutive isolation plays, all contested jumpers.
“We knew it was a big possession on that first one as they had cut our lead from double digits and their fans were getting into it,” McCollum said. “Called me a pick-and-roll, trying to get me some space. Got to the free throw line area, which is more of a sweet spot for me, a comfort shot. I rose up and hit it, so we just did the same thing again and again.”