He also said that he created a Kobe mural a few years ago, but "people were very quick to forget that one". But it's also weird that fans of a once-great team that's gone five seasons without a playoff berth - its longest previous drought was two - are struggling to embrace the greatest player of his generation, who could've gone pretty much anywhere and chose the Lakers.
Located outside of a Baby Blues BBQ in Venice, Calif., the mural took roughly 12 hours of work spanning two days, a bucket of paint and more than 75 spray cans, ESPN reported.
Never originally painted the mural last Thursday and Friday, and it was vandalized for the first time around 1 a.m. Sunday, when the restaurant's security camera caught vandals graffitiing the phrases "We don't want you", "LeFraud", "No King", and "3-6" (a jab at James' career NBA Finals record) over Never's work. "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 know when to cut my losses", Never said. "Some guy did it and posted video of him doing it and responded to the guy and said 'Pay me".
National Basketball Association star LeBron James just signed a historic deal with Los Angeles Lakers (that being a 4-year, $154 million contract - one of the biggest in sports history), but he's also working on other ambitions off the court.
"This was just for my own fun just being happy that the Lakers were actually going to be talked about again", Never said.
As for Never, he seems to be taking it well and told ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk that he has another Lakers mural in the works, this one featuring the whole team.