LeBron James murals defaced around Los Angeles
While the Los Angeles Lakers have rolled out the red carpet and welcomed LeBron James to the team, others in the city instead defaced several murals of the new player making it pretty clear that all do not hail King James’ arrival.
SBNation reports that a stunning mural of James’ face with the words “The King of L.A.” was vandalized by someone who took yellow spray paint and scrawled the words “No King” next to LeBron’s image.
It sounds like they weren’t ready for James’ reign but Lakers majority owner Jeanie Buss said it was non-Lakers fans who vandalized the mural.
“I didn’t realize how many people from Boston are living in LA,” she said, according to Fox Sports.
In another mural that featured the LA Lakers greats like Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, it was vandalized too as a picture of James was featured looking up at the legends.
The artist, Jonas Never, who painted the mural was fed up and decided to paint over it altogether.
A few weeks ago, James made it official and signed his $153 million dollar Los Angeles Lakers contract according to the Bleacher Report.
Just a few weeks after Magic Johnson courted James with a late-night meeting to convince him to come to the Western Conference team, Johnson, the president of basketball operations, tweeted out a heartfelt message about the star player signing on.
“Today is a great day for the Lakers organization and Lakers fans all over the world to welcome LeBron James, a three-time NBA Champion and four-time NBA MVP. LeBron is special. He is the best player in the world. He loves to compete and is an awesome leader who is about winning and making sure that his teammates are successful. The Lakers players are excited to have a teammate who has been to nine NBA Finals. It’s a huge step closer to returning the Lakers to the playoffs and to the NBA Finals.”
It will be interesting to see if James becomes a favorite on the struggling NBA team. If so, surely his next mural will stand the test of time.