According to Variety, James and screenwriter Steve Mallory (The Boss), along with James' production banner SpringHill Entertainment, have sold a comedy pitch to Paramount Players, with James potentially starring. '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.
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.
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.
Never fixed it and chose to take "of" off "The King of LA".
"I know when to cut my losses", Never said.
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As it turns out, some fans still had an issue with it and once the mural was vandalized again, Never made a decision to just wipe the slate clean. He did a mural of Lonzo Ball for the network a year ago.
Never says the reactions to his mural were mixed, overall.
As for James, Never would like to design another piece off the Lakers' latest superstar, but perhaps during the season.
"This was just for my own fun, just being happy that the Lakers were actually going to be talked about again", he continued.
In one since-deleted Twitter post, a Lakers fan offered $300 to anyone who defaced the mural. The mural - "The King of LA" - is gone.