Lakers shut down LeBron for rest of season

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

"After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have made a decision to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season".

Last month, Pierce said the Lakers should shut down James to preserve him for next season.

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And when it became apparent the Lakers were not making the playoffs, James was then put on a minutes restriction and did not play in the second game of back-to-back situations. His last game was the Lakers' 129-115 win Friday over the Charlotte Hornets. The 55 games played are the least he played in one season.

That does make sense, as Lue played for the Lakers, and coached James in Cleveland - winning a title during that time.

Especially if that team to jump them would be the Los Angeles Lakers.

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the New Orleans Pelicans on February 23, 2019 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Lakers haven't made the National Basketball Association playoffs in six straight seasons, last qualifying in 2012-13 when they were swept in the first round 4-0 by San Antonio. He sat out their next 17 games in the longest injury absence of his career. As speculation has swirled concerning his job status beyond this year, candidates have already been mentioned left and right about who could be the man to try and right the Lakers' ship. "It's just the way the season has been".

But Johnson and Pelinka apparently persuaded James of the wisdom of an early wrap to a lost year, followed by a fresh start in the fall.

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The Lakers reportedly will consider hiring former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue if they let go of Walton this offseason.