LeBron James in NBA virus protocols, ruled out on Tuesday

LeBron James was included in the NBA’s health and safety protocols, and was dropped from the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.

Such a move will almost certainly mean one of two things: James, who said at the start of the season that he is vaccinated, either tests positive for COVID-19 or has an unlikely result. conclude.

If James tests positive, he will likely have to leave the Lakers for at least another 10 days unless he returns two negative PCR tests in a 24-hour period. Coach Frank Vogel said the Lakers became aware of James’ condition Tuesday morning and arranged transportation to bring him back to Los Angeles from Sacramento.

Vogel would not say whether James was exhibiting any symptoms.

News that James took time came the same day the NBA underscored its earlier recommendation, echoed by the National Basketball Players Association, that coaches and players be vaccinated. get a booster shot ASAP.


The NBA, in a memo obtained by the Associated Press, also told its teams on Tuesday that it had recorded 34 cases in which a fully vaccinated player, coach or staff member had a breakthrough case of COVID-19. The league says about 97 per cent of players are fully vaccinated, with Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving – who has not played this season because of his condition – being among the exceptions.

Other NBA stars have missed multiple games this season after testing positive, including Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, who has just been absent for three weeks while dealing with the virus.

Tuesday’s game marked James’ 12th absence from the Lakers’ first 23 games this season. He missed 10 games through injury and another because of the first NBA suspension of his 19-year career.

He’s averaged 25.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists this season. If he is out for 10 days, he will miss at least four games.

James is the 17th player known to have participated in the league’s health and safety procedures since the start of the season. That doesn’t include a number of players who missed out on time in training camp and pre-season.



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