After seeing his LeBron James mural vandalized for the second time in five days, Jonas Never opted to put an end to what had become an apparent hot-button topic among some fans.
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Never told ESPN he covered the mural with white paint Wednesday not long after a vandal had splattered yellow paint on his work, which featured James in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey on a wall at the Baby Blues BBQ restaurant in Venice.

I thought I had learned a long time ago to never touch religion or politics, said Never, Terry O’Reilly Authentic Jersey the Los Angeles-based muralist who has also designed murals of the late Anthony Bourdain and Stuart Scott among many others.

Never fixed it and decided to take of off The King of LA. But Never said it was vandalized again sometime Tuesday night and he decided to call it a wrap.

I know when to cut my losses, said Never, who did a Bryant mural near Staples Center during Bryant’s final season as a Laker in 2016. 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. Some guy did it and posted video of him doing it and responded to the guy and said ‘Pay me.’

In a clear departure from how the Cleveland Cavaliers surrounded James with perimeter shooters, Pelinka explained Wednesday how the Lakers — who finished 35-47 last season — deliberately added what they feel are versatile, tough players with playoff experience and the ability to defend, to play around James in an effort to find another way to combat the defending champs.

If your goal is to win a championship, you’ve got to look at the way the champs are assembled and how you can give yourself the best chance to take them down, Pelinka said of one of the many reasons for the construction of the Lakers’ current roster. It is certainly part of the equation. … [President of basketball operations] Earvin [Johnson] and I had a conversation, and LeBron echoed this sentiment: I think to try to play the Warriors at their own game is a trap. No one is going to beat them at their own game, so that is why we wanted to add these elements of defense and toughness and depth and try Jason Kidd Jersey to look at areas where we will have an advantage.