by Robert Littal 


I know this kid has talent, but there are a lot of red flags. The suspensions, the Gucci bags, the flossing, the balling and now this.

This isn’t little league, why would he need to lie about his age, but that is exactly what happened.

But a copy of Shabazz Nagee Muhammad’s birth certificate on file with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health shows that he was born at Long Beach Memorial Hospital exactly one year earlier, making him 20 years old — not 19 as widely reported.

How and when he lost a year of his life are unclear. But competing against younger, smaller athletes, particularly in the fast-growing years of early adolescence, can be “a huge edge,” said Eddie Bonine, executive director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Assn. “People naturally look at the big, strong kids.”

I would be very careful if I was a team drafting him