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Despite tweet, LeBron James a no-show at pizza party celebrating LA arrival

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2017, file photo, executive producer LeBron James attends a premiere for "The Carter Effect" on day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theatre, in Toronto. LeBron James has gone from hot in Cleveland to high on Hollywood. James had movie and TV projects gestating long before he came to California to join the Los Angeles Lakers, and has the star power to now have a shot at a lot more. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File)
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LeBron James at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Hundreds of fans hoping to see the new Los Angeles Laker lined up at a Culver City, Calif. pizza place on July 10, 2018 after James tweeted about it, but he was a no-show.

CULVER CITY, Calif. — Hundreds of fans hoping to see new Los Angeles Laker LeBron James on Tuesday had to make do with free pizza instead.

James was a no-show at the Blaze Pizza outlet in Culver City. The NBA superstar tweeted a day earlier about a ‘‘pizza party’’ at the location and fans hoped it was a hint that he might attend.

James is an investor in the pizza chain. Blaze gave away pizzas at Southern California locations for three hours to celebrate his move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Lakers, which was made official on Monday.

Cjildren from Culver City Teen Camp holds signs as they wait for the arrival of LeBron James at Blaze Pizza, a restaurant chain the new Los Angeles Lakers basketball player was an original investor in, in Culver City, Calif., Tuesday, July 10, 2018. He had hinted on social media that he might appear at this location today, but had not by 5:45 p.m. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Children from Culver CityTeen Camp hold signs as they wait for the arrival of LeBron James at Blaze Pizza, a restaurant chain in which the new Los Angeles Lakers player was an original investor.

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The first fan in line at the Culver City store, Janet Raines, arrived at 7:30 a.m. and waited for hours.

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‘‘If he doesn’t show up, I won’t be disappointed. I know he’s busy, trying to spend time with his family before the season starts,’’ Raines said.

Rick Wetzel, a cofounder of Blaze Pizza, said the chain expected to give away up to 1,500 pies at the Culver City location alone.