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Jerry West: ‘LeBron was not a tough free-agent signing’ for Lakers

Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James right tries to get past Boston Celtics Kyrie Irving in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday Oct. 17 2017 in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 102-99 Jerry West: ‘LeBron was not a tough free-agent signing’ for Lakers
Kristopher Love | 13 July, 2018, 11:10

The Lakers' proximity to Hollywood was widely seen as a major selling point to James during free agency, giving him the ability to simultaneously be a player in both the National Basketball Association and the film industry.

The mural saga illustrates just how weird the situation could get for James in Los Angeles, where Bryant retains vast popularity two years after his retirement.

"I thought I had learned a long time ago to never touch religion or politics", Never, who painted the mural with graffiti specialist Fernando Valdez five days after the James news broke, told ESPN.

No one is going to fill James' shoes, but there will be plenty of opportunities for guys on the Cavaliers roster who had to fall in line on the team's pecking order behind The King.

Rampant speculation gave way to a quick decision from James, as he agreed to a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers.

"I guess it is never touch religion, politics or anyone against Kobe", Never cracked. 'At first when we had the original piece, there was a ton of positivity, but also a ton of like pro-Kobe, anti-LeBron sentiment.

On Wednesday, an L.A. news anchor shared a surveillance video of the mural being vandalized once again by one of James' fellow Angelenos.

"I think people should be a little bit more...they should appreciate it a little bit more", area resident Jim Arocho said.

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.