Basketball News: LeBron James has been placed under the NBA’s health and safety protocols and has been ruled out of Tuesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings.
A move like this almost probably suggests one of two things: James, who claimed to be vaccinated earlier this season, either tested positive for COVID-19 or had an ambiguous result.
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Lakers are preparing for James to miss numerous games. The individual talked to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because neither the team nor James had made that information public. James is “anticipated” to miss a number of games, according to ESPN.
If James tests positive, he will most likely be suspended for at least 10 days unless he returns two negative PCR tests in a 24-hour period. Coach Frank Vogel said the Lakers learned of James’ condition Tuesday morning and arranged for transportation to return him to Los Angeles from Sacramento.
Vogel refused to say whether James was showing any signs of illness.
Before Tuesday’s game, Vogel stated, “Obviously, it’s a major loss.” “It’s disheartening. Now all we want for him is the finest. That’s where our minds are at the moment.”
The announcement that James will miss time came on the same day that the NBA reaffirmed its previous suggestion, which was supported by the NBAPA, that coaches and players who have been vaccinated take a booster shot as soon as feasible.
In a memo obtained by the Associated Press, the NBA also informed its teams on Tuesday that it had documented 34 cases of COVID-19 breakout in fully vaccinated players, coaches, or staffers. About 97 per cent of players are completely immunised, according to the league, with Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving – who has not played this season due to his status – being one of the exceptions.
Other NBA stars have already missed multiple games this season after testing positive, including Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, who has been out for three weeks due to the infection.
In the Lakers’ first 23 games this season, James has missed 12 of them. He was forced to miss 10 games due to injuries and another due to his first NBA suspension in his 19-year career.
The Lakers have a 7-4 record with James. They were 4-7 without him as of Tuesday.
“We’re not the same now as we were three weeks ago or when he went out for the first time,” Vogel said. “Hopefully, we’ll have better luck this time.”
This season, James has averaged 25.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 6.8 assists. He’ll miss at least four games if he’s sidelined for ten days.
Since the start of the regular season, James is the 17th player known to have entered the league’s health and safety regulations. This does not include certain players who were unable to participate in training camp or the preseason.
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