Lakers fans can now breathe a sigh of relief after LeBron James is now cleared from COVID. James tested positive two days ago but has since returned multiple negative results, and his return to the court has been announced as well.
James cleared from COVID
LeBron missed their game against the Sacramento Kings after being put in NBA health and safety protocols. Two days ago, he tested positive for COVID, but his second test yielded negative. A third test was administered to break the tie, and it revealed positive, which prompted team officials to take action immediately. However, according to Shams Charania, James has been cleared for return after getting multiple negative tests recently.
Several players have tested positive for COVID this season, including Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Al Horford during the offseason. The players all admitted the challenging circumstances of getting back in shape after their bout with COVID. Fortunately for James, he has not contracted the virus and will get back to his rhythm in no time.
Had LeBron tested positive, he would miss a crucial stretch of games. There’s a belief that if Frank Vogel fails to steer the Lakers to wins without LBJ, it could cost him his job. The team is running out of excuses after having a successful offseason which saw them sign Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, and Dwight Howard. Now that James will be back sooner than later, Vogel and the coaching staff can focus on the games ahead.
LeBron’s return to the court revealed
It’s expected that James will suit up against the L.A. Clippers, but it remains to be seen if he’s healthy enough to play. The King being out for what was initially thought as at least ten games immediately affected the league. ESPN dropped the game between the two L.A. teams in favor of the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns showdown.
GSW and Phoenix are two of the hottest teams right now, with Devin Booker and company riding an 18-game winning streak. If there’s any team that could end that, it’s Steph Curry and the gang who are tied with Phoenix at the top of Western Conference standings with an impressive 18-3 record.
With the distraction finally out of the way, the Lakers should focus on getting everyone on the same page and start making their run as early as now. Although the roster is full of veterans, they can’t flip the switch instantly like they used to. Availability is the best ability, and with James back on the roster, the Lakers are in a better position to challenge for the postseason.