The LA Lakers organization has pulled the plug on Lebron James this season. Magic Johnson and company have made the decision to sit LeBron for the remaining six games of the Lakers regular season in efforts to allow LeBron to heal his groin injury.
Magic Johnson broke the news on Saturday, and had the following to say about the subject, “After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season. This decision will allow his groin to fully heal, and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers”.
The decision to shut down LeBron is a simple one to most Laker fans and spectators. The Lakers have failed to put themselves in the playoff race, deeming their remaining games to be irrelevant. LA is currently 11th place in the Western Conference with a 34-42 record. The Lakers are a full 10 games behind the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, and have been out of the race for postseason basketball long ago.
This was not the season that most Laker fans were expecting when LeBron arrived last offseason. Many were expecting LeBron to lead the Lakers to the playoffs in his first season, but a highly competitive Western Conference, plus significant injuries to key players, kept LA far from the postseason yet again this year. LeBron James can’t get too much blame for this, though. The small forward had a terrific year on paper, averaging 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.3 assist in his first year as a Laker. Expect big things from The King again next season. After such a productive season, hopes will be high for LeBron again in the 2019-20 campaign. Magic Johnson and the front office of LA are expected to have some tricks up their sleeves again this offseason as they continue to rebuild the Lakers into a championship contending squad.