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Los Angeles Lakers will be without All-Star forward LeBron James during the remainder of the season 2018-19.
President Lakers Magic Johnson issued a statement declaring James will not play in the final six games, with the help of Mike Trudell spectrum SportsNet.
"After consultation with our team of doctors and medical staff, we decided to spend the LeBron of the games for the remainder of the season," Johnson said. "This decision will allow his crotch completely cured, and the best for the future success of both LeBron and Lakers."
James previously missed 17 games with a groin injury around the end of December and in January. 34-year-old also missed several games because of the load control.
March 23, physiotherapist Karen Joubert shed light on the severity James groin injury by placing and subsequent removal of (h / t Sports Complex) Instagram photos. The inscription read in part:
"I want you all to know how bad his injury and the pain he endured. Along with its strange coach Mike Mancias, he was on trial at 6 weeks, it had to be 6 months. Unselfishly, he endured the pain, pain, pain. He did not want the Lakers down, the fans down. "
With the Lakers already eliminated from postseason contention, there was no obvious reason to keep James on the court and the risk of doing additional damage to his groin.
In his first season as a Laker, James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists in 55 games. 34-42 The Lakers were officially eliminated from playoff contention after losing Brooklyn Nets 22 March.