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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James isn't happy with the way the NBA handled his positive COVID-19 test. James returned to action Friday after it was determined he experienced a false positive. James discussed going through the NBA protocols, and revealed the part that angered him.
James spoke about his experience following the team's 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. James had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Lakers’ LeBron James: “Usually when you have a positive test, they’ll test you right away to make sure. There was not a follow-up test after my positive test. It was straight to isolation and you’ve been put into protocol. That’s the part that kind of angered me.” pic.twitter.com/vjTRwBNYUv
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 4, 2021
James' full comments read:
"I tested negative first. And then my second test came back positive. Usually when you have a positive test, they will test you right away to make sure. There was not a follow-up test after my test. It was straight isolation, and 'you've been placed in protocol.' And that's the part that kind of angered me.
"I had to figure out a way to get home from Sacramento by myself. They wouldn't allow anyone to travel with me, no security, no anything, when I traveled back from Sacramento. I had to put my kids in isolation for the time being, put the people in my household in isolation for the time being, so it was a big-time inconvenience."
James' positive test came Tuesday. He was unable to play in the team's game against the Sacramento Kings, and was immediately placed in isolation. Three days later, James was released from NBA health and safety protocols after testing negative twice in a 24-hour period.