LeBron James shared his frustration and confusion regarding the health and safety protocols implemented by the NBA regarding Covid-19.
LeBron is not happy with the protocols
Luckily for the Lakers, LeBron only missed one game due to safety and health protocols and returned to the starting lineup against the Los Angeles Clippers. Even though LeBron was back, the Lakers lost the game against their hometown rivals, and in the press conference after the game, he shared his frustration with the protocols that the NBA imposes. LeBron initially tested positive for Covid-19, which made him miss the game against the Timberwolves but soon after having a few negative tests in a row, the decision was overturned, and he was back with the team.
LeBron said all that caused a lot of frustration for him because when he tested positive, his entire family had to self-isolate, and then he tested negative, which made no sense whatsoever.
"The fact that I tested negative first, and then my second test came back positive, and usually when you have a positive test, they will test you right away to make sure," James said when asked what part of the angered him. "There was not a follow-up test after my positive test, it was straight isolation, and you've been put into protocol. That's the part that kind of angered me, and I had to figure out a way to get home from Sacramento by myself, they wouldn't allow anyone to travel with me — no security, no anything when I traveled back from Sacramento. And then, I had to put my kids in isolation for the time being, and put people in my household in isolation for the time being. So, it was just a big-time inconvenience, so that was just the angry part."
He never felt sick after testing positive
LeBron didn't have any health problems after finding out he was positive for Covid-19. He thinks the whole situation by the NBA was poorly handled because there are many question marks regarding the whole process behind safety & health protocols.
"I knew I was gonna get cleared because I never, ever felt sick, at all," James said. "And I know you can be asymptomatic, but, I mean, if what I had was a positive COVID test, then what are we doing? What are we talking about? So, I just thought it was handled very poorly."
In the last week or so, there has been a surge of players testing positive for Covid-19, which will create problems for teams having some of their best players out for 10 days until they finally test negative. LeBron is one of the first significant superstars in the NBA to speak out against the whole process that is implemented by the league, which causes a lot of frustration because players and their respective teams don't know what to expect when a situation like this happens. It will be interesting to see if the NBA will change the rules knowing that these things regarding the testing are not entirely accurate.