Pierce to LeBron and Lakers: You'll need more than Zion

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But, the Lakers have struggled and are already out of playoff contention.

"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", Lakers executive Magic Johnson said in a statement.

The Lakers lost the next three out of four games and after the fourth loss against the New Orleans Pelicans, with whom a potential Anthony Davis trade had fallen through, James was fed up.

"After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have chose to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season", read a statement from Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka.

It has been reported that the Lakers will "almost certainly" fire Walton after the 2018-19 season.

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Their suffocating defense held MI to 32 percent shooting from the floor, including an embarrassing 1-of-19 from three-point range. The defense is real, and Chris has done a great job with it and it definitely impacted us", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

They are 34-42 after beating Charlotte 129-115 on Friday, with James scoring 27 points in what turned out to be his final appearance.

"We picked a hell of a time to have a great rhythm", James said after the Lakers beat the Hornets.

Lue's current head-coaching resume is that of a shooting star: He is now unemployed, having coached just 211 regular-season games, but already boasts an NBA Championship to his resume.

Pierce has been harsh on the Lakers since their season started to spiral out of control. Last week, Los Angeles Clippers' Doc Rivers denied rumors he could move across town, insisting he wants to remain with the franchise. It stinks for fans who won't get to see LeBron, but It's in the Lakers' best interest.

That groin injury came on Christmas Day, and forced LeBron to miss a month, which proved to be a major turning point in a once semi-promising season for the Lakers.

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