LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will open up their first round series against the Phoenix Suns on Sunday afternoon. The Lakers are the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, set to take on the No. 2 seed Suns after defeating the Golden State Warriors in the play-in contest.
LeBron's availability is obviously critical for this series and, for a moment this weekend, his availability was somewhat in doubt.
The four-time NBA champion reportedly attended an event that was deemed to be a violation of league protocol. James attended an event that served as a promotional launch for a tequila company he's invested in.
The Lakers were notified that LeBron was in violation of league protocol earlier this weekend.
LeBron, though, will not be facing punishment from the league. While we've seen other players forced to sit out for violating the COVID-19 protocols - most notably James Harden and Kyrie Irving - the same will not be true of LeBron.
"LeBron James won't be suspended for protocols violation, sources tell ESPN. Nature of event didn't rise to a threat level of virus spread," ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted.
Unsurprisingly, many fans are calling out the league for giving LeBron preferential treatment. Whether or not that is true, many believe that other players would have been treated differently.
LeBron and the Lakers are looking to repeat as NBA champions.
Los Angeles and Phoenix are set to open the first round on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. E.T.
The game will air on ABC.