This will be another missed game in a season full of them for the King. He missed all but one game in January with a groin injury and has sat out various contests throughout the year for rest.
This will be his third missed contest in a span of seven games.
His health is one reason he will miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season, which was his second in the league. The Lakers struggled without him and were unable to flip the switch when he returned, adding to what was already a frustrating season following inconsistent play, injuries and failed Anthony Davis trade talks.
James has still put up impressive numbers and is averaging 27.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.2 assists a night while making his 15th All-Star Game.
Los Angeles can turn toward Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson on the wing while James is sidelined, and there is no reason to rush him back with the playoffs no longer in the picture.