LeBron James enters NBA's COVID-19 protocols; How many games will Lakers star miss?


The Lakers should play an prolonged stretch with out their greatest participant — once more.

Los Angeles introduced on Nov. 30 that LeBron James has entered the NBA’s well being and security protocols. The four-time MVP, who missed 11 of the Lakers’ first 22 video games due to a number of accidents and a suspension, is now anticipated to sit down out a number of extra video games, in response to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

What’s subsequent for James? Here is all the things we find out about his standing and the newest information on when he might return to the court docket.

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Why did LeBron James enter the NBA’s well being and security protocols?

James entered the league’s well being and security protocols earlier than the Lakers’ Nov. 30 recreation in opposition to the Kings as a result of he examined constructive for COVID-19, in response to a TMZ Sports activities report. After Los Angeles’ 117-92 win over Sacramento, Lakers star Anthony Davis advised reporters that he had spoken to James about his situation.

“[James] mentioned he is good,” Davis mentioned. “I feel he is asymptomatic, which is an effective signal, however we wish to ensure that he will get again. Well being is most necessary. That is larger than basketball. He has a household. We wish to ensure that he is good it doesn’t matter what. … Like I mentioned, he appeared to be fantastic.”

Earlier than the beginning of the 2021-22 season, James publicly declared that he had been vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. Nevertheless, he did not go as far as to place himself as a vaccine advocate.

“We’re speaking about people’ our bodies,” James mentioned on the Lakers’ media day. “We’re not speaking about one thing that is political or racism or police brutality and issues of that nature. We’re speaking about peoples’ our bodies and well-beings. I do not really feel like, for me personally, that I ought to become involved in what different individuals ought to do for his or her our bodies and their livelihoods. It could be me, speaking about someone, if they need to take this job or not. Hear, it’s important to do what’s greatest for you and your loved ones, if they need to relocate. You must do what’s greatest for your loved ones.

“I do know what I did for me and my household. I do know a few of my pals and what they did for his or her households. However so far as talking for everyone and their individualities and issues that they wish to do, I do not really feel like that is — that is not my job.”

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How lengthy will LeBron James be out?

Lakers coach Frank Vogel mentioned on Nov. 30 that he hopes James’ absence is barely one thing that will likely be “short-term,” however it’s unclear how lengthy he will likely be sidelined.

The NBA mandates {that a} participant who assessments constructive for COVID-19 should be away from his group for no less than 10 days or till he returns two unfavorable PCR assessments inside a 24-hour interval. If James is out for the complete 10 days, he would miss a complete of 5 video games.

“It wasn’t, like, a shocker for us. We simply mentioned we could not catch a break,” Davis mentioned. “We had been simply getting guys again, after which he is out for nevertheless many days. We do not know. All of it will depend on his scenario. However you have nonetheless gotta discover methods to win.”

Lakers upcoming schedule 2021-22

Date Opponent Time (ET) / End result Nationwide TV
Nov. 30 at Kings W, 117-92
Dec. 3 vs. Clippers 10 p.m. ESPN
Dec. 7 vs. Celtics 10 p.m. TNT
Dec. 9 at Grizzlies 8 p.m.
Dec. 10 at Thunder 8 p.m.
Dec. 12 vs. Magic 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Mavericks 7:30 p.m. ESPN

LeBron James stats for 2021-22 season

  • 25.8 factors per recreation
  • 5.2 rebounds per recreation
  • 6.8 assists per recreation
  • 1.8 steals per recreation
  • 3.7 turnovers per recreation
  • 36.9 minutes per recreation
  • 48.4 p.c taking pictures
  • 34.4 p.c 3-point taking pictures
  • 75.5 p.c free throw taking pictures



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