The season hasn't started yet, and LeBron James' transition in Los Angeles hasn't gotten off to the smoothest start. Since agreeing to a contract with the Lakers, a mural celebrating his new spot on the team was vandalized.
Welcome to LA @KingJames #thekingofla ... by me and my boy Menso @The7thLetter pic.twitter.com/nBTlowZH3p
— Jonas Never (@never1959) July 6, 2018
Located outside a barbeque restaurant in Venice, the mural was finished on Friday by Jonas Never and artist Fernando Valdez, according to The Washington Post. It features LeBron with a nickname declaring him "The King of L.A."
The mural was defaced with words such as "No King" and the numbers "3-6," which is a reference to his NBA Finals record.
Days before it was vandalized, a Lakers fan account offered a $300 reward to anyone who destroyed the mural.
Lakers Fam Please do your part and Report @BenOsaze He led a group & vandalize the recently painted LeBron Mural. He should no longer be part of the @Twitter Community. pic.twitter.com/bm5YXVAbWP
— UNTOUCHABLE (@KingJamesSZN) July 8, 2018
By Sunday, the mural was restored.