Brand remains in the starting lineup

Elton Brand will start tonight for the Sixers. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Sixers forward Elton Brand will be in the starting lineup for tonight's game, coach Eddie Jordan confirmed when he met with the media a little bit ago.

Speculation was that Brand, who signed with the club for five years and $80 million before last season, would be relegated to the bench to begin the game against Charlotte at the Wachovia Center and the Sixers would go in favor of a faster lineup.

Brand had been practicing at the center position this week with the second-team, while Rodney Carney had been running with the starters.

Perhaps it means more minutes for Brand, who could be part of several players trying to fill the void left by Marreese Speights, who is out six to eight weeks with a partial tear of the MCL in his left knee. It likely means an expanding role for Carney, especially because Jordan has indicated a fondness for his Carney's defense.

Jordan acknowledged that their has been a lot of soul-searching as far as the rotation goes, and said that they need to be patient with Brand, who has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons.

For now, Brand remains a starter.