Oladipo hasn't taken the court since November 17 and yet still leads the team in points (21.4), steals (1.56) and minutes played (32.4) per game.
Coach Luke Walton has had to lean more on James and Ingram to facilitate with Rondo recovering after surgery.
"That's the challenge of things I've been kind of battling with since the season started", James said. It's no surprise with how they're doing without me. The former star point guard and current Lakers executive spoke Thursday during an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio. Just 20 games into the season, it seems Walton is falling into the bucket of David Blatt and Mike Brown: coaches who couldn't hold authority over the sharpest basketball mind on the planet.
James quickly responded with a personal 5-0 run out of a timeout and when the 33-year-old returned for the final stretch, he was able to successfully close out the game. In fact, he may have made himself even more revered with the fanbase for his actions prior to Tuesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. Walton has adjusted, and now when James is running the show, Walton will typically just let him call the game. "It can't be, because you want to pass it around, you want to get into your pick-and-roll plays".
We haven't really seen James and Walton argue on the court much - at least not yet anyway - so it's too early to speculate about if this will have an impact on the Lakers head coach's job security going forward. But hey, we're the Lakers.
"I got to be at a 100 percent with the way I play, as hard as I play on both ends", Oladipo said, according to the IndyStar. He knows when those times are, and he's good at that.