The Spurs Prospectus podcast, Episode 2

Our boss liked the first episode, so you’re stuck with us — blogger Dan McCarney, beat writer Jeff McDonald and NBA columnist Mike Monroe — for the rest of the season. We chat about Nando “Mini Manu” De Colo, DeJuan Blair and the all-important battle for the 15th roster spot in our latest outing. Enjoy.


Report: Talks resume in hopes of saving Christmas Day games

First, Ken Berger of CBS Sportsline reported that attorney Jim Quinn, who helped broker a deal to end the 1998-99 NBA lockout, had involved himself as a go-between in an attempt to perform a similar service in this year’s lockout.

Now, Yahoo!Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, citing league sources, reported on Wednesday that talks between the NBA and the players had resumed, though no details were available. Here’s a link to his report: .

According to Wojnarowski, the talks began on Tuesday and were ongoing, as of Wednesday afternoon. He described them as a last-ditch attempt to save the Christmas Day games as part of a shortened season.

These are not negotiations, per se. Rather, they are settlement talks pertaining to the lawsuit the players have filed against the NBA.

Either way, talking is a good thing, but fans should remain skeptical. We’ve gotten excited about perceived breakthroughs several times over the last couple of months, only to be disappointed.

Spurs team doctor’s son killed in Afghanistan

The Spurs and all of Spurs Nation are mourning the loss of team doctor David Schmidt’s son, Benjamin, who died Thursday in Afghanistan while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Benjamin Whetstone Schmidt, 24, had done a four-month tour of Afghanistan about two years ago and.

His mother, Becky Whetstone Schmidt, a former Express-News columnist, told the paper that her son hoped to complete his military service in May with eventual plans of becoming a military history professor.

On a personal note, I’ve known Dr. Schmidt for more than 25 years. I can remember seeing him bring Benjamin to Missions baseball games many years ago when he was about the age of my own son now.

Remember to keep Dr. Schmidt and his family in your prayers.