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LeBron James placed in NBA health and safety protocols

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has entered the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols and will miss Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, the team announced.

While the Lakers have not said whether James tested positive for COVID-19, a person familiar with the situation said James would miss several games. The person requested anonymity as they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.

James, who said on team media day in late September that he was vaccinated, could miss up to 10 days under league health and safety protocols. James could return sooner if he returns at least two consecutive negative COVID tests collected at least 24 hours apart, according to league guidelines.

James has missed 11 games so far for the Lakers, who entered seventh place in the Western Conference on Tuesday with an 11-11 record. He missed two games with pain in his right ankle, eight games with a strained stomach muscle and one game due to the first suspension in his 19-year career.

James came back from a one-game ban last week and has recorded three straight games with at least 30 points as Los Angeles is 2-1. The Lakers are 7-4 this season with James in the lineup. They are 4-7 without him and will face the Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics Memphis Grizzlies over the next 10 days.

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LeBron James placed in NBA health and safety protocols

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