The Lakers will have to play a long stretch without their best player, again.
Los Angeles announced on November 30 that LeBron James has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The four-time MVP, who missed 11 of the Lakers’ first 22 games due to multiple injuries and a suspension, is expected to miss several more games. according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
What’s next for James? Here’s everything we know about your status and the latest news on when you can return to court.
Why did LeBron James enter the NBA’s health and safety protocols?
James entered the league’s health and safety protocols before the Lakers’ Nov. 30 game against the Kings because he tested positive for COVID-19. according to a report by TMZ Sports. After Los Angeles’ 117-92 win over Sacramento, Lakers star Anthony Davis told reporters that he had spoken to James about his condition.
“[James] said it’s good ” Davis said. “I think he’s asymptomatic, which is a good sign, but we want to make sure he comes back. Health is the most important thing. This is more important than basketball. He has a family. We want to make sure he’s okay no matter what.” . … Like I said, it seemed fine. “
Before the start of the 2021-22 season, James publicly stated that he had been vaccinated against COVID-19. However, he failed to position himself as an advocate for vaccines.
“We are talking about bodies of individuals,” James said on the Lakers’ media day. “We are not talking about something that is political, racism or police brutality and things of that nature. We are talking about the bodies and the well-being of the people. I do not feel, personally, for me, that I should get involved.” on what other people should do for their bodies and their livelihoods. It would be me, speaking of someone, if they should take this job or not. Listen, you have to do what is best for yourself and your family if you are to relocate. You have to do the best for your family.
“I know what I did for me and my family. I know some of my friends and what they did for their families. But when it comes to speaking up for everyone and their individualities and the things they want to do, I don’t feel like that’s not me. job “.
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How long will LeBron James be out?
Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Nov. 30 that he expects James’s absence to be just “short-term,” but it’s unclear how long he will be out.
The NBA requires that a player who tests positive for COVID-19 must be out of his team for a minimum of 10 days or until he returns two negative PCR tests within a 24-hour period. If James is out for the full 10 days, he would miss a total of five games.
“It wasn’t as a surprise to us. We just said we couldn’t take a break,” Davis said. “We were just getting the guys back, and then he will be out for many days. We don’t know. It all depends on his situation. But you still have to find ways to win.”
Next Lakers schedule 2021-22
|Date||Adversary||Time (ET) / Result||National Television|
|November 30||in Kings||W, 117-92||–|
|December 3||against Clippers||10 p. M.||ESPN|
|December 7th||against the celtics||10 p. M.||TNT|
|December 9||in Grizzlies||8 p. M.||–|
|December 10||in Thunder||8 p. M.||–|
|December 12th||against magic||9:30 pm||–|
|December 15||in Mavericks||7:30 pm||ESPN|
LeBron James statistics for the 2021-22 season
- 25.8 points per game
- 5.2 rebounds per game
- 6.8 assists per game
- 1.8 steals per game
- 3.7 turnovers per game
- 36.9 minutes per game
- 48.4 percent of shots
- 34.4 percent from 3-point shots
- 75.5 percent free throws
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.