LeBron James enters NBA's health and safety protocols, out Tuesday vs. Kings

LeBron James will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday, and potentially more.

The superstar has entered the NBA's health and safety protocols, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. The Lakers seemingly confirmed the news by retweeting their own reporter Mike Trudell.

LeBron James has entered health and safety protocols and is out tonight vs. Sacramento, Lakers say.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 30, 2021

An NBA player enters COVID-19 protocols after either testing positive for the virus or being flagged in contact tracing of an infected person while unvaccinated. The Lakers did not specify why James, who has said he is vaccinated, has been sidelined.

How long will be LeBron James be out?

If James did test positive, he would have to miss a minimum of 10 days since his first positive test and return at least two negative tests 24 hours apart. Charania has reported that to be the case, while ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that James will have to miss several games.

A full 10 days out would mean missing not only Tuesday's game against the Kings, but the Lakers' games on Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers, next Tuesday against the Boston Celtics and next Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

James has already missed 11 outs of the Lakers' 22 games this season due to ankle and abdominal injuries. The Lakers are 7-4 with him and 4-7 without him. So far this season, he is averaging 25.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field.

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