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Rehabilitation may last three to four months

If Jason Kidd requires arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the New Jersey Nets may lose their All-Star point guard to rehabilitation for three to four months -- perhaps into the start of next season. Kidd will start a regimen of workouts Tuesday to help judge whether or not he will need surgery, the New York Times reported in its Tuesday editions.

Kidd told the newspaper that he would know if surgery is necessary by the end of the week.

"We want him to go hard this week and then see what happens," said Kidd's agent, Jeff Schwartz.

"If we do the surgery, we'll do it as soon as possible to give me time to do the rehab to make sure I'm ready to go by training camp," Kidd told the Times. "The surgery is easy. The rehab is the hardest."

Kidd went on the injured list in mid-March after playing most of the season on a knee he bruised in the Nets' season opener. He missed 15 games late in the season, but returned for the playoffs. Kidd had three MRIs from March through May, with each indicating that surgery was an option.

His knee feels good when he walks or plays golf, he told the Times, "but the pounding and the jumping and stuff is a little bit different than walking."