LeBron James tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon using a lateral flow test. James will miss several games ahead according to NBA Covid-19 policy.

TMZ reports that King James has been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. He will be absent for tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings, the league announced Tuesday just hours before the Lakers are set to go up against the Kings.

James was given a follow-up PCR test to confirm the diagnosis which came back negative. However, LeBron was finally given a third tie-breaker test which unfortunately came back positive.

Per the league’s rules, given that a player is positive, he will be away from the team either for the next 10 days or until he submits at least two negative PCR tests before returning. The team has chartered a private jet so LeBron can fly back to Los Angeles in a safe manner.

LeBron is fully vaccinated and is currently asymptomatic. It’s unclear whether he was a close contact or had a false positive. We hope King James returns to court soon.

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Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer from Bahrain currently pursuing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is experienced in Copywriting, Academic Writing and loves to write about pop culture/ entertainment-news. Other interests include theatre, teaching, foreign languages and culture.

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