LeBron James Will Not Play For Remainder Of 2018-19 NBA Season

Elena Summers
March 31, 2019

A Lakers season that was already bad got worse on Saturday, as the team announced star attraction LeBron James would sit out its remaining six games to nurse a strained groin injury.

James was hurt in a victory over Golden State on Christmas, the first significant injury of his career.

Lakers are sitting out LeBron James for the rest of the season, team says.

The Lakers (34-42) have made a decision to sit James out for their final six games of the season, according to Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been in a major slump over the last month, but they look to be building a bit of momentum with three wins in their last four games after beating the Hornets by 129-115 at home on Friday. The 55 games played are the least he played in one season.

The timing of this announcement is quite ironic, given the lengths at which ESPN detailed LeBron's lack of chemistry with the young Lakers core. The shutdown decision does not come as a major surprise, given that James and the Lakers first broached the subject of managing his minutes almost three weeks ago.

Luke Walton believes he'll be back in Los Angeles next season. He sat out their next 17 games in the longest injury absence of his career.

I'm sure the fans who bought tickets aren't going to love this call, but the Lakers aren't going to the playoffs.

But Johnson and Pelinka apparently persuaded James of the wisdom of an early wrap to a lost year, followed by a fresh start in the fall.

Walton's record as head coach of the Lakers over the past three seasons is 93-144, and that's not going to get it done for one of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association.

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