Love explained how he was out with his friends in the Hamptons when the announcement was made that James would sign a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers, and after seeing the news, he had to excuse himself from his group to make some calls.
"I got a ton of support", Never said.
Undeterred, Never painted over the vandalism and tried to modify his message by removing the "of" from "the King of LA", making it less a declaration of James's status in his new digs and more a nod to his nickname.
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. Then the mural was first vandalized with someone spray-painting "We Don't Want You", "No King" and "3-6" on it in apparent reference to James' record in the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers beat the Celtics, Bulls and Hawks to advance to the NBA Finals and Kyrie would play in Game 1 against the Warriors, but went down to the ground in overtime and not return for the series after he fractured his left kneecap. "I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe [Bryant]".
According to ESPN, the entire mural took 12 hours of work over a few days, and necessitated the use of a bucket of paint and 75 spray cans.
With that being the case, he thought it best just to whitewash the entire wall.
While Never doesn't know for sure who vandalized his art, he said there wasn't a hint of anyone claiming responsibility following the second time it was vandalized, leaving the artist at a loss when he tried to make sense of it all.
"I can't see anyone getting mad about the whole team", Never said of his next Lakers mural.