LeBron James Out After Entering Health And Safety Protocols

Lakers forward LeBron James has been declared out for Tuesday matchup against the Kings, the team announced.LeBron James

James will have to miss at least 10 days, per league rules. 

Hours leading up to the game, The Athletic/Stadium’s Shams Charania reported that the superstar player “entered health and safety protocols,” confirmed by the team. There has been no indication of whether the restrictions resulted from a positive COVID-19 test from James or someone who came in close contact with him.

The NBA has closely tracked LeBron’s health status in recent weeks due to an abdominal strain that has extended his absences this season. LeBron, 36, has missed 11 of the Lakers’ 22 games this season.

The Lakers’ viability this season has been inconsistent based on accompanying All-Stars Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook‘s inability to successfully commandeer the team in LeBron’s absence.

In his 11 appearances, LeBron is averaging 25.8 points, 6.8 assists and 5.2 rebounds. The Lakers are currently .500 (11-11) and the seventh seed in the Western Conference.

The Kings are 8-13 on the season and the 11th seed in the West. Sacramento beat LA, 141-137, in their latest matchup in triple overtime on Nov. 26.

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