CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Hornets have announced that Rod Higgins has stepped down as the team's president of basketball operations.
Higgins had been with the team for the last seven years.
Hornets owner Michael Jordan thanked Higgins in a statement released Friday, saying, ''Rod has been a consummate professional throughout his time with the team. Thanks to his hard work and commitment, we have an improved roster and we are poised for success in the future. Rod was of great help to me as I navigated my first four years as majority owner of this franchise. I wish him all the best.''
They announced that Rich Cho will remain in his capacity as general manager and assume responsibility for the team's basketball operations. Cho will report to Jordan and vice chairman Curtis Polk.

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