LeBron James' first season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers has officially come to an end.
Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka issued a joint statement outlining the decision to hold the 15-time All-Star out of the team's remaining games.
"After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season.- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 30, 2019
"This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers."https://t.co/6Z5DsXMFKt
The Lakers season, which was marred by injuries, took a turn for the worst when James went down with a groin injury in the third quarter of a win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. James would be sidelined for the next 17 games - the most games missed in his career - and has missed 21 of the team's first 76 games this season.
Prior to this season, the highest number of games LeBron had missed in one season was 13 in 2014-15 - his first season back with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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LeBron finishes his first season in the purple and gold with averages of 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 games through 55 games.
The Lakers, who were eliminated from playoff contention on March 23, have six games remaining, beginning Sunday when they travel to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans.