On Tuesday, LeBron James was deemed unfit to play and was immediately put in the NBA's health and safety protocol due to a positive covid-19 test result. But two more tests returned negative, leading to LeBron's immediate withdrawal from the league's health protocols.
As a result of the false positive, James missed the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Sacramento Kings on November 30. Fortunately, the team had no problem defeating the Kings as they registered their largest win margin so far this season in that matchup, finishing the game 117-92.
With confirmation that James had not contracted Covid-19, the four-time NBA champ was cleared to play against the Los Angeles Clippers. James delivered an average performance in the tie as the Clippers edged out a victory.
Speaking post-game, LeBron expressed his frustration with his case and how it was handled (0:10).
"Besides being able to go to my boy's games last night, pretty just confused, and frustrated, angry. Not being able to do anything."
"I knew I was gonna get cleared because I never felt sick. I know you can be asymptomatic, but if what I got what a positive COVID test, then what are we doing? What are we talking about? I thought it was handled very poorly."
James talked about how the whole process was a "big-time inconvenience" as he had to leave Sacramento by himself and also put his kids into isolation.
With all that behind him, LeBron was on-hand to help his team against the struggling Clippers, but his effort was not enough. A combination of poor offensive possessions and good play calling from the Clippers prevented what could have been a steal for the Lakers late in the game.
LBJ finished the game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while shooting 39% from the field.
LeBron complained of how he did not touch a basketball until Friday morning. Perhaps that was the reason for his poor showing as he did not have enough time to prepare.
Nonetheless, the Lakers will host the Boston Celtics on December 7. King James will have enough time to get ready and attempt to tie the season series.