LeBron in health and safety protocols, out Tues.
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SACRAMENTO — LeBron James has entered the league’s health and safety protocols and will not play in Tuesday’s game against the Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers announced.
It is expected that James will miss several games, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
James has already missed 11 of the Lakers’ 22 games coming into Tuesday because of injuries and a suspension. L.A. is 7-4 with James this season and 4-7 without him.
If a player has a confirmed positive test for COVID-19, the NBA mandates a minimum of 10 days of isolation away from his team without any physical activity. After that period, a player must undergo a cardiac screening and reconditioning in order to be cleared to return to the court.
James revealed on Lakers media day in late September that he had received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“I know that I was very skeptical about it all,” he said. “But after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited, not only for me but for my family and my friends. And that’s why I decided to do it.”
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