The immediate futures of Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard were settled. For now, at least.
Basketball finally returned as the focus for a franchise that spent the first three-plus months of the season free-falling from preseason favorites to likely lottery participants.
But leave it to Metta World Peace do what he does best—bring an element of the bizarre.
Early Tuesday morning, World Peace was awakened by his son who told him that police were waiting outside his door, he told Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times. Police had surrounded his condo complex in responding to a call about three armed men who had "taken over" his building.
Still rising from his slumber, it took him a minute to catch his bearings. "At first when I seen the police, I was like, 'What the hell is going on?'" said World Peace.
Venturing outside of his home, he threw on a pair of pajamas (Cookie Monster ones, naturally). He accompanied the police downstairs where they had already handcuffed five suspects.
World Peace said he was all too ready to help in any way he could: "I just got finished watching Zero Dark Thirty or whatever that movie is. I'm like, 'I'm dreaming, I'm dreaming. Is there a terrorist in the building? Do y'all need my help?'"
The chaotic scene greeting him outside certainly seemed fit for a Hollywood script.
"Like 20 cops' cars are outside, like 10 more police," he said. "My brother had his hands behind his back and [there were] helicopters. The whole Wilshire [Blvd.] was shut down. The street shut down. No cars nowhere."
As it turned out, there was a reason the event had a bit of a cinematic feel.
Those "suspects" were no more than actors in a movie being produced by World Peace's production company, Artest Media Group. The actors reportedly had two fake 9-millimeter guns and a fake shotgun for a scene they'd been rehearsing, and they had been playing with the fake weapons outside of the building after rehearsal.
Once the situation was clarified, the parties enjoyed a laugh. Somehow, holding up 20-plus police cars, helicopters and closing off a main street, L.A.'s Wilshire Boulevard, at taxpayers' expense for a massively overblown misunderstanding was far more hilarious than it sounds.
Considering World Peace was involved in the situation, it somehow seems uneventful. Well, as uneventful as a horde of police responding to a call about armed assailants can be.
If this involved any other player in the league, perhaps it never even bears mentioning. I'll go out on a limb here and guarantee that the story at least wouldn't involve Cookie Monster pajamas.
But it does involve World Peace.
And it's possibly my favorite basketball story of the year.