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Nov 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) high five during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has cleared the NBA’s health & safety protocols after recently returning a false positive test for COVID-19. James, who is vaccinated, had to test negative in two PCR tests at least 24 hours apart in order to be cleared to play.

“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,” the NBA explained in a statement. “Additional testing confirmed that he is not a positive case.”

It’s relevant news for the Boston Celtics, who head to Los Angeles next Tuesday, Dec. 7 for a road tilt with the Lakers.

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James is now eligible to play as soon as Friday against the Clippers. He missed only one game while in the COVID protocol, which the Lakers won 117-92 over the Sacramento Kings.

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