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Excitement builds as Jason Kidd's moment arrives

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It's still a day away, but the anticipation is growing.  Jason Kidd says he wants his number retired without much fanfare Thursday and doesn't plan to say much at the conclusion of the pre-game ceremony.  But he can't control what others, including his son, T.J., feel.

The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. Workers did some rehearsing on Tuesday prior to the Celtics game and one enterprising fan found a picture of what the jersey will look like as it's raised to the rafters.

Filip Bondy quotes Kidd this way: "We can do it right now," Kidd said before the Nets beat Boston, 82-80, in a preseason game. "Just want it quick. (Doing it before the regular season) was my choice. During training camp would be even better. It’s not about me. It’s about the players."

No, it's about you Jason, and what you did for this forlorn franchise from 2001 to 2007.

What we hear is there will be highlight package and players and coaches, past and present, will speak about what he meant to the team, to them as players and individuals.  He made a lot of them very rich men.  Then, after an ovation that is expected to last a lot longer and be a lot more emotional than Kidd wants, he will, as Bondy says, "reluctantly, softly, will utter a few words into a microphone."

Then, they will play the Heat.