LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Phoenix Suns on January 27, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
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Lakers call time on LeBron James's season
(Philstar.com) - March 31, 2019 - 12:37pm

LOS ANGELES, United States — The Los Angeles Lakers, eliminated from NBA playoff contention, said Saturday that superstar LeBron James will sit out the last six games of the regular season.

The Lakers said the move is being made to ensure that the groin injury suffered by 34-year-old James in a Christmas Day game can fully heal.

"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 executive Magic Johnson 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."

In his first season with the Lakers, James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists but was limited to just 55 games because of the injury.

The Lakers, 34-42, were officially eliminated from playoff contention last week, marking the first time since 2005 that James has failed to make the playoffs.

He had reached the NBA Finals eight straight years with the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, winning three titles in that span.

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