The site of the mural became a battleground, getting vandalized twice in the span of five days, ultimately prompting Never to paint over his design with white paint. That didn't work, either: At some point early this week, someone splattered yellow paint over the mural.
The mural initially received criticism for depicting the phrase "The King of LA" around James' image, which many perceived as a slight toward Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, and it was vandalised as a result. But Paul rejects the commonly held explanations that James was driven either to expand his Hollywood empire or spark an overnight superteam. He also said that he created a Kobe mural a few years ago, but "people were very quick to forget that one".
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An unknown vandal spray painted a yellow line across the mural over the weekend, adding the words "No King, ' 'LeFraud, ' and '3-6, ' the latter being a reference to James" lifetime record in the NBA Finals between his two tenures in Cleveland and one stint in Miami. According to ESPN, Never has plans to do another mural, featuring several members of the Lakers, for Spectrum SportsNet, the network that televises the Lakers.
"I got a ton of support", Never said, according to ESPN. "At first when we had the original piece, there was a ton of positivity, but also a ton of like pro-Kobe, anti-LeBron sentiment".
"This was just for my own fun, just being happy that the Lakers were actually going to be talked about again", he continued.