LeBron James, who missed a Lakers game in Sacramento after testing positive for COVID-19, has been dropped from the NBA’s health and safety record and will return to action Friday night against the Clippers.
James, who was vaccinated, had the right to waive the league’s OH&S protocols after receiving two negative results at least 24 hours apart. Asymptomatic players can also return to the game after 10 days if they are vaccinated.
On Thursday, the NBA released a statement explaining that the positive test was repeated and produced conflicting results. James has since been tested and tested negative for the virus.
“James was originally scheduled on Tuesday November 30th after a series of tests produced conflicting results, including an initial positive test on November 29th. Additional testing confirmed that it is not positive, ”the league said. “In accordance with protocols and consistent testing practices that followed the restart of the 2019-20 season in Orlando, the initial positive sample was retested twice and gave one negative and one positive on two different PCR instruments. As a result, on November 30, James underwent additional testing, with one test negative and the other clinically inconclusive. “
James has been capped to 11 games this season due to ankle and abdominal injuries and a missed victory over the king on Tuesday. He is averaging 25.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists this season.