LeBron James Clears Protocols, Eligible To Play

LeBron James has been cleared to exit the league’s health and safety protocols after producing two consecutive negative PCR tests conducted more than 24 hours apart, NBA Communications tweets.

James was placed in the protocols on Tuesday after a series of tests produced conflicting results, including an initial positive test on Monday. Additional tests showed that he’s not positive for the COVID-19 virus.

James will be able to play in the Lakers’ game against the Clippers on Friday.

The NBA statement gave further details on James’ tests: The sample that produced the initial positive test was re-run twice and returned one negative and one positive result on two different PCR instruments.  As a result, James underwent additional testing on Tuesday, with one test returning a negative result and a second test producing a clinically inconclusive result.

According to Dave McNemin of ESPN (Twitter link), James has had eight tests since Saturday, all of which have come back negative. His test in Sacramento was a false positive.

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