LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Lakers star LeBron James, who missed the team's game against the Sacramento Kings this week after entering the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols, has twice tested negative for the virus and was cleared today to return to action.
``Following two negative PCR tests conducted more than 24 hours apart, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James has cleared the NBA's Health & Safety Protocols,'' according to a league statement. ``James was originally placed in the protocols on Tuesday, November 30 after a series of tests delivered conflicting results, including an initial positive test that was collected on November 29. Additional testing confirmed that he is not a positive case.
``In accordance with the Protocols, and the consistent testing practice that has been in place since the 2019-20 Season Restart in Orlando, 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 November 30, with one test returning a negative result and a second test resulting in a clinically inconclusive result.''
James is now cleared to return to the team for the Lakers' Friday night matchup against the Clippers.
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