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Massive Amount of Lakers Fans Line Up to Greet LeBron James at LA Blaze Pizza

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2018

A mural of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey is viewed in Venice, California on July 9, 2018. - It was originally revealed July 6, 2018, and then vandalized over the weekend, and re-touched up again with the word 'of' not repainted from the original words 'the King of LA'. Artists Jonas Never and Menso One painted the mural to welcome LeBron James to Los Angeles, outside the Baby Blues BBQ resturant in Venice, California. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
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On Monday, LeBron James teased a potential appearance at a Blaze Pizza outpost in Culver City, California, following his decision to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.  

LeBron James @KingJames

Haven’t been to a pizza party in a minute 🤔 Culver City? 👀🍕 https://t.co/1QxgALyekK

Predictably, that message sent Lakers fans into a frenzy. 

Less than 24 hours after James hinted he could make an appearance at the pizza chain he's poured money into as an investor, Purple and Gold faithful flooded the Culver City location in hopes of catching a glimpse of the club's new franchise cornerstone: 

Dave Schilling @dave_schilling

Everyone here is expecting to see LeBron at the Blaze Pizza in Culver City. https://t.co/v9MVrM4MqT

Dave Schilling @dave_schilling

We don’t even know if he’ll be here. https://t.co/21TFCa3jfw

Dave Schilling @dave_schilling

There are shirts to commemorate this special day. https://t.co/b7nDqSLMli

Mia Galuppo @miagaluppo

This is the line outside the Blaze pizza right now. https://t.co/YFo6IKTdK5

LGM @luisgomezzz9

This is a crazy line, luckily I'm the 20th person lol. #LABRON @BlazePizza @ABC7 @CBSLocalSports @ESPNLosAngeles @ESPNNBA https://t.co/PJRa71ElUv

Danny Heifetz @Danny_Heifetz

People thought LeBron would be here by 2:30. It’s 4:00 now. The Blaze CMO is unsure if LeBron is coming. Morale is low.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Hundreds of Lakers fans are waiting outside of Blaze Pizza hoping to see LeBron... …Meanwhile 😂 https://t.co/L5SpLE8xvB

Unfortunately, a long wait in the Southern California heat didn't yield the result they hoped for: 

Joe Lago @joelago

LeBron will not be showing up for the Blaze Pizza party here, an employee just announced.

Even through LeBron didn't show, Lakers fans will have 41 regular-season games at Staples Center to revel in his arrival. 

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