WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Lebron James is being taken out for the rest of this season’s games to give him time for his groin to make a full recovery, according to a statement from the Lakers.
- James ends this season having played a total of 55 games which is so far the lowest in his career, and missing 17 consecutive games.
- Lebron’s absence in 17 consecutive games had resulted to the Lakers dropping in the standings with 6-11 during those 17 games.
Due to the LA Lakers being out of the playoffs with its All-Star forward LeBron James not fully recovered, it has been decided by the Lakers to take Lebron out of the games for the remainder of the season.
Following consultations with the team’s medical staff, the Lakers said in a statement that they’re holding LeBron out for the rest of the season’s games.
“This decision will allow his groin to fully heal and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”
While the Lakers’ season ends on April 9, James’ 13 consecutive playoff appearances and eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances will end as well.
The 55 games James had played this season, marks the lowest total of his career. From late December to late January, James missed 17 consecutive games after suffering a strained left groin on Christmas against Golden State. At the time, the Lakers were in fourth place in the Western Conference at 20-14. However, without James playing, the Lakers were 6-11 in those 17 games consequently dropping in the standings.
A combination of trade discussions involving Lakers players excluding LeBron coupled with James’ absence have sent the LA team into a nosedive from which they couldn’t recover, even after James said he is in playoff mode after the All-Star break.
In 10th place in the West, the Lakers were 28-29 and just three games out of a spot in the playoffs. But Los Angeles dropped out of playoff contention after having lost 12 of its succeeding 15 games. Now, in 11th place in the West, the Lakers sit 34-42, with 10 games out of eighth place with six games still remaining in the regular season.
Source: USA Today