Shady character Ornstein involved in Saints case


Shady character Ornstein involved in Saints case

Mike Freeman of rightly points out the stupidity of the Saints for brazenly associating with a guy named Mike Ornstein. An agentmarketing repproblem-fixer (creator), Ornstein'scheckered past should have made him radioactive to anyone in the NFL. Yet he's often inside-the-ropes and behind-the-scenesat league events like the Super Bowl and NFL Owners Meetings. He's a name-dropper of the highest order and he drops the most powerful names you can imagine.E-mails from Ornstein to Saints coach Sean Payton showed Ornstein paying into the Saints bounty kitty on more than one occasion. A former league employee convicted of defrauding the league of more than 300,000 in 1995, he worked in NFL Properties and as a league VP of Marketing. He was also Reggie Bush's marketing agent, cutting deals that led to Bush forfeiting the Heisman Trophy. Ornstein served prison time for scalping Super Bowl tickets from 1998 to 2006. Of this individual, Payton said in his book, "We agreed: If we were going to Miami, Ornstein would oversee the non-game logistics. Room assignments. Travel plans. How many tickets Reggies family might need. If you think issues like those cant erupt into major catastrophes . . . I dont know all the details of what Mike Ornstein did. But I do know the players and their families were extremely well taken care of."Freeman also cites the passage in Payton's book "Home Team."I had Mike Ornstein running special ops. Mike had no official title with the Saints. His name appeared nowhere on the team payroll or organizational chart. But he played an absolutely crucial role in the Saints Super Bowl victory, and hardly anybody knows what he did . . . More than anyone else I know, he understands how to get things done in the pro-sports world. He also has a taste for mischief Now he was a close friend of mine and a great asset to the team, flying into Miami and softening up the off-field for us.Read thisto get more of a flavor for this person. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if there's a lot of people at very high levels sweating bullets about the involvement of Ornstein and whether that day will come where he sings like a canary.Local hook? Bill Belichick's nobody's angel but the guy surrounds himself with football guys, not scam artists.

Stars, studs and duds: Stevens shows confidence in Brown


Stars, studs and duds: Stevens shows confidence in Brown

Jaylen Brown made a costly turnover in the final minute that contributed to Boston’s 105-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The fact that he was even in the game at that point speaks to not just his potential, but the level of confidence the rookie has already garnered from the Boston Celtics coaching staff.

Brown, who had nine points on 4-for-7 shooting on Thursday, turned the ball over with less than a minute to play and the Celtics trailing 101-99 at the time.

Moments after the turnover, Chicago’s Dwyane Wade drained a step-back 3-pointer that sealed the Bulls’ victory.

Disappointed with the game’s outcome, Brown acknowledged that it meant a lot to him for Stevens to have enough confidence in him to keep him on the floor down the stretch.

But with that faith comes added pressure for Brown to come through and deliver.

“It means I have to do better and try and execute for my team and earn everything I get,” Brown told reporters after the game. “I don’t want anything given to me just because I’m the number three pick in the draft.”

Stevens was asked about having Brown on the floor in the game’s closing seconds.

“He (Brown) was playing pretty well and I thought we were better off playing small,” Stevens said. “I wanted to keep Jaylen in there. I thought he did a lot of good things tonight.”

“Obviously that play didn’t go his way,” Stevens said.

On the play in question, Brown was matched up with Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic. Brown began to make a move, and eventually spun away from Mirotic and left his feet.

Brown was called for the turnover when he left his feet to make a pass, but didn’t release the ball until after he had landed – a traveling violation.

“I was looking for an outlet,” said Brown in explaining his late-game miscue. “I should have just shot the ball but I was thinking it was a bad shot. I probably should have just shot it. I just saw Mirotic on me, slower feet. Coach (Stevens) told me to drive him so I tried to be aggressive. I should have made a play.”

Brown added, “Just have to come out and execute, and play the game the right way. I want to make coach feel like he has a reason to put me out on the floor.”

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Thursday night’s game.



Dwyane Wade

The Chicago native gave his family and friends plenty to cheer about on Thursday. In his first game playing for his hometown Chicago Bulls, Wade had 22 points which included a back-breaking 3-pointer with 26 seconds to play that pretty much sealed the Bulls victory. Consider this: He made a total of seven 3-pointers all last season. He had four on Thursday.

Isaiah Thomas

For the second straight game, Thomas tallied 25 points and continued to shoot the ball extremely well. His 25 points on Thursday came on 10-for-15 shooting. He also had four assists and three rebounds.

Jimmy Butler

Butler was among the Chicago players who shot the ball much, much better from 3-point range than they usually do. He finished with a team-high 24 points which included him knocking down four of his six 3-point attempts.



Avery Bradley

Bradley provided a nice offensive complement to Thomas’ high scoring night, finishing with 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Bradley also made his presence felt on the boards and as a distributor with six rebounds and five assists.

Nikola Mirotic

He may have lost out on a starting job to Taj Gibson, but Mirotic’s value to the Bulls is clear. Mirotic had 15 points off the bench, shooting 6-for-11 from the field in addition to nine rebounds.



Second-chance points

Boston’s only two games into the season, but second-chance points looks to be an issue with no clear-cut solution. For the second straight game, Boston was outscored by double digits in second-chance points. On Thursday, Chicago had an 18-5 advantage in second-chance points.