Lakers shut down LeBron for rest of season

Colton Jones

LeBron James' first season as a Los Angeles Laker has come to a conclusion.

The Lakers (34-42) have decided to sit James out for their final six games of the season, according to Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times.

The following statement was issued today by Lakers president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka: “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.”

James, 34, will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip to New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

He finishes the season with 55 games played, the fewest in his 16-season NBA career.

James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 35.2 minutes this season, shooting 51.0 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from deep and a career-worst 66.5 percent from the free-throw line.