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Lakers: LeBron James to miss the rest of season

Lakers star LeBron James

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 7: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the Golden State Warriors on April 7, 2022 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James said he wouldn’t shut it down for the season as long as the Lakers have a chance.

Well, the Lakers have been eliminated from the postseason race.

Lakers release:

LeBron James’ left ankle was recently reevaluated by Lakers medical staff, and it was determined that due to the ankle sprain James suffered in a game on March 27th, he will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 NBA season to allow for continued healing and an expected full recovery.

LeBron – whose 30.3 points per game ranks second in the NBA behind Joel Embiid’s 30.4 points per game – will fall two games short of being eligible for the scoring title. At 37, LeBron could have been the oldest player to win the scoring title.

But LeBron’s production in 56 games will still earn him accolades.

Even if he tempted fate to draw this outcome.