Lakers shut down LeBron James for rest of season

LeBron James’ season is done.

The four-time MVP has been shut down for the final six games so he can recover from injury, the Lakers announced on Saturday.

“After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season,” team president 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.”

James suffered a groin injury in the Lakers’ Christmas Day win over the Warriors and missed Los Angeles’ next 17 games. The team went 6-11 in his absence and dropped from a playoff spot in his absence.

Los Angeles never recovered and was officially eliminated from playoff contention on March 23.

James’ first season in Los Angeles was a good one statistically as he averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists with the Lakers, but he will wind up missing a total of 27 games and the team went only 28-27 with him on the floor.

If the season were to end on Saturday, the Lakers (34-42) would have the 10th worst record in the NBA and would get a lottery pick.