OK, that's not exactly what happened, but wouldn't you believe anything concerning LeBron's free agency at this point?
James Gandolfini, famous for playing the role of the mob boss Soprano, was presenting at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards. The New Jersey native gently requested LeBron's services in his adopted home of New York City.
Watch the video here via the New York Post.
"First things first, LeBron I would like you to come to New York, if you could," Gandolfini said, according to the Post. "If you miss Cleveland, you just have to drive across the bridge to New Jersey, it's pretty much the same thing."
The camera cut to James, who was in the audience, sporting a wry smile. Gandolfini, like he did in the final season of "The Sopranos," attempted to fan the flames between NYC and its perpetual little brother.
"C'mon, I love New Jersey," Gandolfini said.
However, how about a little help for the Nets, a team which will play its games in Newark -- Tony's fictional hometown -- for at least a couple of years until a proposed move to Brooklyn that many remain skeptical about? You're telling me that recruitment from Jay-Z, Mikhail Prokhorov and Tony Soprano wouldn't put the Nets over the top?
Ah, who knows? Let's just skip to July 1 already. I can't take it anymore.
For what it's worth, this isn't the first time that Tony Soprano and LeBron have been linked. The duo went head-to-head in June 2007, when the finale of "The Sopranos" aired on the same night that the Cleveland Cavaliers took on the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Veteran NBA writer Chris Bernucca caused quite a stir during those Finals when he asked James who he was more focused on -- Tony Soprano or Tony Parker. James, for his part, professed that he was a big fan of the show and even gave the gathered media his predictions as to how it would end.
An audience with the don or not, it's anyone's guess -- and trust me, people have been guessing -- as to how this free agency period ends for The King.