Monday , Dec , 22 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

How Old Is Yi Jianlian?

Whether or not there is a problem with Yi Jianlian’s age, the Nets don’t seem to care.

A report in China that surfaced on the Internet yesterday claimed to have documentation that Yi is 24, and not 21 as he and his passport claim. It is not the first time Yi’s age has come under question.

"I’m 21," Yi said. "This story started a long time ago. Some guy just wanted something to write about."

The Nets have official documents for Yi showing his birth year as 1987 which would make him 21. And even if he were 24, no big deal.

"I’m not concerned," said Nets GM Kiki Vandeweghe. "Any time you have someone who is not from this country, those issues arise. What I look at is he’s a young developing player. He hasn’t played a ton of basketball to this point. You can look at his body and his physical makeup and see he’s obviously very talented but still maturing. Whether he’s 21 or 22, he’s still very young."#