6:15 PM ET
“After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season,” Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”
James finishes the season averaging 27.4 points (tied for fifth in the league), 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists (third) in 55 games. The Lakers failed to qualify for the playoffs for a franchise record sixth-straight season, snapping James’ personal streaks of 13 straight playoff appearances and eight straight NBA Finals berths.
James suffered a slight tear in his left groin on Christmas Day, causing him to miss 17 straight games. At the time of the injury — the most significant one of James’ 16-year career — L.A. was 20-14, good enough for the fourth best record in the Western Conference.
The Lakers are currently