That groin injury came on Christmas Day, and forced LeBron to miss a month, which proved to be a major turning point in a once semi-promising season for the Lakers.
Lakers are sitting out LeBron James for the rest of the season, team says.
James is age 34, already old by National Basketball Assn. standards, but was expected to revitalize a Lakers team that had seen little success in recent years. James appeared in a career-low 55 games in 2018-19, largely due to a strained left groin.
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Police have asked people to avoid the area. "This is a tragedy for the Lake City community & all of Seattle". Seattle Police chief Carmen Best said her "heart goes out to those affected by today's tragedy".
James' final stats were eye-popping, as always: 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game.
The formula on how to construct a winning team around LeBron James was solved years ago by the Miami Heat. The team now sits in the Western Conference's 11th seed with a moribund 34-42 record and was eliminated from postseason contention on March 23.
The Lakers are near the bottom of the Pacific Division with 6 games remaining in the regular season. 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.
James returned to the lineup for good in early February, but the injury-plagued Lakers were unable to recover and make the playoffs. He has led Los Angeles to a 93-144 record in his three years with the franchise. If he has his way, the 2019-20 Lakers will look a lot different from this year's squad.