LeBron James enters COVID-19 protocols, could miss several games


The Los Angeles Lakers are going to be without LeBron James for a bit.

The team announced on Tuesday that James has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and will not play in their game against the Sacramento Kings.

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James is likely to miss several games, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Lakers star told reporters in late September that he indeed received a COVID-19 vaccine despite initial skepticisim.

“I know that I was very skeptical about it all, 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,” he said, per ESPN. “And that’s why I decided to do it.”

Per NBA rules, players are required 10 days of isolation away from his team without any physical activity if there is a confirmed positive. Players must undergo cardiac screening and reconditioning before being cleared to return.

Over the next 10 days, the Lakers will play the Kings on Tuesday, Clippers on Friday, Celtics next Tuesday and Grizzlies next Thursday.

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