Jerry West slights Lakers over LeBron signing


Suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers will enable James to play for a franchise that boasts some of the game's greats, current president Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant included.

James's decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month seemed rooted in his desire to start planning for life after the National Basketball Association.

Never received plenty of positive feedback, but he said his art was also met by criticism from some fans, especially on social media, over what he meant to be a play off of the "King James" nickname. On the court, these Lakers are a young and entertaining product.

Fans immediately took issue with the 'King of L.A.' moniker when it was painted last week, with one offering $300 in a since-deleted tweet to anyone who defaced the mural. "I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe [Bryant]". 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.

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

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With that being the case, he thought it best just to whitewash the entire wall. "And they all start just fading off into the darkness, and then it's just Hercules the dog and then Benny the Jet", Love said.

"I called him and said, 'Well, did the sun come up this morning?'" Elisburg said, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

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.

In addition to James, the Lakers bolstered their roster with the signings of JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson, to go along with re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.