Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James admitted he was "confused, angry and frustrated" after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. James missed the Sacramento Kings game after testing positive on Tuesday morning and he required to be isolated from the team.
James returned to the lineup on Friday as he had 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in a 119-115 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. "I knew I was going to get cleared because I never, ever felt sick at all," James said.
"I just thought it was just handled very poorly." James was frustrated that the league didn't bother to do a follow-up test after he tested positive for COVID-19. "Usually when you have a positive test, they'll test you right away to make sure," James said.
"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. 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. "And then I had to put my kids in isolation for the time being, the people in my household in isolation for the time being, so it was just a big-time inconvenience.
That was the anger part."
James thought his test was a false positive
"No, this process ... we've all been doing exactly what the protocols have told us to do and taking the tests and things of that nature," he said.
"It's unfortunate when you get a false positive and you get put right into isolation. That's just the unfortunate part. But we'll see what happens." "Going into Sacramento, I was getting into the rhythm -- a really, really good rhythm -- like offensively, defensively," James said.
"It's just been very frustrating either dealing with the groin or the abdomen, and then having to deal with the false positive that knocked me out a game, then knocked me off the floor and not being able to keep my rhythm.
It's just ... it's been a very challenging year to start a fourth of the season for myself. But, only good things ahead." Anthony Davis acknowledged being in and out of the lineup is never easy. "It's just tough when you're in and out of the lineup, especially when you, I guess, don't really have a reason to be out," Davis said, looking back at the James saga.
"We were playing well. So it's just frustrating a little bit, but no one is feeling sorry for us. We're not feeling sorry for ourselves. We got to go out there and play basketball games with whoever is available."