So far, the 2021-2022 season has not been optimal for LeBron James.
The NBA superstar has now missed eight games in a row in the past month as a result of abdominal strain. After returning from his injury, James was promptly suspended after only two games when he struck Pistons player Isaiah Stewart in the face on the free throw line.
A small brawl shortly ensued, which resulted in suspensions for both James and Stewart.
Now, James’s basketball season has hit a new snag, as the basketball player has allegedly tested positive for COVID and has been subsequently quarantined per the NBA’s health and safety protocols with regards to COVID.
James was removed from the Lakers game on Tuesday night, and he is expected to miss multiple games in the coming weeks, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski, an NBA insider.
Players with Covid must be out 10 days, or return two negative PCR tests in a 24 hour period. For now, James will remain in the health and safety protocols.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 1, 2021
The NBA has not formally confirmed James’s diagnosis, though other teammates have.
For instance, Lakers forward Anthony Davis remarked that James is “asymptomatic, which is a good sign, but we want to make sure that he gets back.”
“Health is most important. This is bigger than basketball,” Davis continued.
NBA rules require James to remain in isolation for ten days, or he will require two negative COVID tests taken within 24 hours in order to rejoin the team in the remainder of the season’s games.
Frank Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, noted that the team “just [wants] the best for [James] right now.”
“We’ve been without him some already this season,” Vogel noted.
James has been fully vaccinated, though he previously announced that he was feeling “very [skeptical] about it all.” However, he opted for full vaccination after “doing [his] research” and other “things of that nature.”
“I felt like [vaccination] was best suited for not only me but for my family and for my friends,” James concluded in October.