The 2021-2022 season has not been one to remember for Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

Now James will miss several games.

And LeBron James’ season turned into a nightmare after the league ordered him to stop playing.

The insanity of America’s COVID protocols took center stage once again with fully vaccinated LeBron James testing positive for coronavirus and will now miss several games.

“Obviously, it’s a huge loss,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel told reporters before the Lakers 117-92 victory over the Sacramento Kings. “It’s disappointing. We just want the best for him right now. That’s where our thoughts are. And we have a next man up mindset.”

James’ teammate Anthony Davis explained that James was asymptomatic.

“He said he’s good,” Davis said in his postgame comments. “I think he’s asymptomatic, which is a good sign, but we want to make sure that he gets back. Health is most important. This is bigger than basketball. He has a family. We want to make sure that he’s good no matter what.”

The only way America will ever move beyond COVID is if major institutions send the message that it’s time to move on.

Multiple vaccines and therapeutics are available.

Hospitals are in no danger of collapsing due to a surge of patients.

The NBA actually led the way in prompting lockdowns by being the first pro sports league to shut down operations in March 2020.

The NBA could take the lead in helping America shake itself out of the COVID insanity by stopping mass surveillance testing, which only picks up new, mild cases and keeps America locked into the seemingly endless cycle of COVID restrictions.

James entering the health and safety protocols capped off a disastrous two weeks where James faced criticism over his silence on Communist China’s human rights abuses, faced a one-game suspension for starting an on court brawl, forced security to eject two fans because their heckling triggered him, and earned a $15,000 fine after making an obscene gesture in that same game.

James may be feeling frustration as the Lakers sit at just eighth place in the Western Conference playoff standings and the championship window for the aging Lakers roster appears closed.

Now James will have several days to ponder his fate as he sits at home for the mindnumbingly stupid reason that the NBA treats fully vaccinated players as public health threats.

Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.