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Lakers Announce New Decision On LeBron James

lebron james during a recent game

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 27: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center on February 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers have decided to manage LeBron James' load for the rest of the season. With the team well out of the playoff picture, L.A. has shut the superstar down.

Earlier in the year, the Lakers looked in good shape to make a run at the post-season. LeBron's numbers stack up with some of his better years, as well.

The former MVP missed substantial time after a Christmas Day groin injury. Since his return, the team has sat him sporadically as well, citing "load management."

The 55 games he finishes with under his belt is the fewest of his lengthy NBA career.

Moments ago, ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers' LeBron James decision.

From Woj:

James finishes at 27.8 points, 8.3 assists, and 8.5 rebounds per game during his first year in Los Angeles. He has come under criticism for his defensive effort at times this year, as well as his demeanor at times on the sideline.

Things got so bad that, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin, some of his Lakers teammates have called him out as well.

The Lakers are just 34-42 on the year, and sit at 11th place in the Western Conference. A year that began with significant hype winds up as one to forget for the fans in Tinseltown.