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ESPN The Magazine: China's Rock Star

Updated: May 23, 2007, 2:16 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN The Magazine

Editor's note: This article appears in the June 4 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Yi Jianlian strolls into PACE, one of those hip restaurants nestled in an LA canyon. Dressed in Sean John jeans, a suede coat and black Jumpman shirt and shoes, he looks every bit the rock star, projecting much more native Angeleno than Chinese export. Fitting the image, he laughs as one of his agents regales the table with stories about 14-year-old girls who cry when they spot him in public. And he's already ...

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