LeBron James in Health and Safety Protocols After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Nov 28, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots the ball against the Detroit Pistons in the second half at Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Pistons 110-106. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has entered the league’s health and safety protocols, and he did not play in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 117-92 win over the Kings on Tuesday night.

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It is expected that James will miss several games, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Obviously, it’s a huge loss,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said in his pregame remarks Tuesday. “It’s disappointing. We just want the best for him right now. That’s where our thoughts are. And we have a next man up mindset.”

Talen Horton-Tucker started in James’ place and scored two points in 16 minutes.

Vogel said the team found out James was entering the health and safety protocols on Tuesday morning and arranged for transportation for James to return to L.A. from Sacramento.

“Hopefully, this is something that’s short term,” Vogel said. “We’ll see.”

Vogel declined to answer a reporter’s question about what symptoms James is experiencing, but Anthony Davis was more forthcoming in his postgame remarks.

“He said he’s good,” Davis said after leading L.A. with 25 points in James’ absence. “I think he’s 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. He has a family. We want to make sure that he’s good no matter what.”

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SOURCE: ESPN, Dave McMenamin

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