Something fishy’s going on, and LeBron James seems intent on getting to the bottom of it.
“Something is REAL (fish emoji) going on,” James tweeted.
LeBron James against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on November 24, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Los Angeles Times, citing the league’s rules, reported that players enter these protocols after testing positive or having an inconclusive test. The team did not reveal a positive diagnosis publicly.
Anthony Davis, his teammate, told reporters that he believes James is asymptomatic, according to the paper. He said it is unclear when the star will return to the court. Reps for James did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News seeking clarification for the tweet.
If James tested positive, he would likely be looking at a minimum of 10 days away from the Lakers unless he returns two negative PCR tests in a 24-hour span. The Lakers learned of James’ situation Tuesday morning, coach Frank Vogel said, and arranged for transportation to take him back to Los Angeles from Sacramento.
LeBron James shoots a free throw during the game against the Detroit Pistons on November 28, 2021 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images) ( Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
The NBA, in a memo obtained by The AP, also told its teams Tuesday that it has documented 34 cases in which a fully vaccinated player, coach or staffer had a breakthrough case of COVID-19. The league has said about 97% of players are fully vaccinated, with Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving — who has not played this season because of his status — among the exceptions.
James, a four-time champion, is still considered to be one of the best players in the league. But he has been plagued by injuries this year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report