The LeBron mural battle is over, and no one wins

Los Angeles Lakers fans wait in line around noon for promised free pizza that will be handed out between 2 and 5 p.m. at Blaze Pizza a restaurant chain NBA basketball player Le Bron James was an original investor in Tuesday

Los Angeles Lakers fans wait in line around noon for promised free pizza that will be handed out between 2 and 5 p.m. at Blaze Pizza a restaurant chain NBA basketball player Le Bron James was an original investor in Tuesday

According to Los Angeles' ABC 7, artist Jonas Never has now opted to paint over his own work because he doesn't have the time to fix it.

"I thought I had learned a long time ago to never touch religion or politics", said Never.

In one since-deleted Twitter post, a Lakers fan offered $300 to anyone who defaced the mural.

Those shouldn't be surprising pickups if you take James' comments during the playoffs into account, though.

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The first came in 2010 when James joined the Miami Heat - technically in a sign-and-trade - and the second came in 2014 when he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers after four seasons in South Beach. James has also been busy behind the scenes, selling the spec Hustle to Legendary Entertainment, which has made him a member of the Producers Guild. Never worked with graffiti specialist Fernando Valdez.

"I got a ton of support", Never said.

Many assumed James would go to Los Angeles, and West saw little of the Lakers' influence on the move. After a disgruntled fan scribbled phrases such as "LeFraud", "We don't want you", "No King" and "3-6", in reference to LeBron's record in the NBA Finals, over the mural, Never returned to touch things up and omitted the word "of" in hopes that fans would leave the piece alone.

The mural was vandalized earlier this week. "I can't see anyone getting mad about the whole team", Never said of his next Lakers mural. Most believed the Lakers would land Paul George or trade for Kawhi Leonard, but instead they signed Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and JaVale McGree.

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