The mural saga illustrates just how weird the situation could get for James in Los Angeles, where Bryant retains huge popularity two years after his retirement.
Here's a video of Never painting over his mural, followed by a separate video of someone (not Never) throwing a shoe at James's paper head, which had been taped over Kobe Bryant's head on another mural featuring the former Lakers star.
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However, people continued vandalizing the mural, so Never painted over it.
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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. 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.
Never says the reactions to his mural were mixed, overall.
With that being the case, he thought it best just to whitewash the entire wall. "The first vandalism was made easier to swallow because, by all accounts from the Twitter debate [over it] that we saw, it looked like a guy offered up a $300 bounty to anyone who destroyed the mural".
"I can't see anyone getting mad about the whole team", Never said of his next Lakers mural.
Never does not know who the vandal is, but he does hope to do a mural of the entire team, which he thinks would be less controversial.