On Dec. 3, 2021, LeBron James will make his return to the court against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Los Angeles Lakers forward claimed that something “fishy” was going on after the NBA placed him on the safety protocols list. As part of the protocol, he was forced to miss one game.
The NBA issued a statement on Dec. 2 revealing that James had received two negative PCR tests more than 24 hours apart, clearing him under the league’s guidelines.
“James was originally placed in the Protocols on Tuesday, Nov. 30 after a series of tests delivered conflicting results, including an initial positive test that was collected on Nov. 29,” the league’s statement read. “Additional testing confirmed that he is not a positive case.”
The 19-year NBA veteran previously stated that he had been immunized.
James would have had to sit out for ten days if the original positive test had stood alone. On Dec. 3, ESPN switched their national television game from the Lakers-Clippers to the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors, following the initial revelation of James being placed on safety precautions.
James has missed ten games due to injury and has been suspended for one game for punching Isaiah Stewart in the face during a free-throw line box-out attempt. The Lakers are 7-4 with him and 5-7 without him, according to the Associated Press.