NBA issues lengthy statement on LeBron James not having to enter health and safety protocols

Robert Marvi
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Days ago, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was seen at an event with rapper Drake and actor Michael B. Jordan.

The four-time MVP wasn’t placed in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, and the league issued a statement clarifying why.

Some people around the league, such as former Laker Kwame Brown and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, were critical of the NBA’s decision to not discipline James.

He was available for the Lakers’ play-in game on Wednesday against the Golden State Warriors, as well as their playoff opener on Sunday versus the Phoenix Suns.

James has other issues on his mind. His team dropped its contest on Sunday, and he’s still working his way back from a severe ankle sprain he suffered two months ago.

He looked a little better against Phoenix than he did against Golden State, but he was still far from his usual self.

James had just 18 points on Sunday and attempted only 13 shots. The Lakers will need much more from him if they are to repeat as NBA champs.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.