Speights: I felt it pop

Marreese Speights will miss six to eight weeks with a partial tear of his MCL in his left knee. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Sixers forward Marreesse Speights will miss 6-8 weeks with a partial tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. The injury was suffered Saturday against Chicago.

Speights met with reporters today as his teammates were back at practice today, beginning preparations for a visit from Charlotte on Wednesday.

“I felt it pop," Speights said. "When I fell, I was like, ‘Dang.’ Then when I started running, I couldn’t. I stole the ball from [Brad] Miller. My foot planted and then he ran into my leg.”

Speights said his course of action for now is rest and "a lot of treatment."

“I’m disappointed, but at the same time, when I get back I will be stronger and healthier," he said. " Hopefully, it [all] comes out good.”


The 76ers could have a challenge Wednesday that they did not anticipate. That will happen if the Charlotte Bobcats' latest acquisitions--Stephen Jackson and Acie Law--pass their physicals and are cleared to play.

The Bobcats acquired Jackson and Law from the Golden State Warriors earlier today in a trade for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic. A Bobcats spokesman said they hoped Jackson and Law might join them as soon as tonight in Orlando.


More on Speights and what the Sixers do now in tomorrow's Daily News