The Pistons were still shaking their heads at what happened Thursday night as they were on their bus inside the loading-dock area of Conseco Fieldhouse.
It was between 11:30 and midnight and the Pistons' bus was about to leave the arena for the airport.
Suddenly, a dark Escalade roared into the loading dock, nearly hitting several people.
Out jumped Ron Artest, the Pacers forward who got a seasonlong suspension for his part in the Nov. 19 brawl.
According to Pistons players on the bus, Artest was wearing an old (and short) pair of shorts. He had no shoes on and, upon getting out of the vehicle, he tore off his T-shirt.
Given the history between Artest and the Pistons, the team's security officials were on high alert. But Artest made no motion toward the bus. He simply walked, bare-chested and bare-footed, into the building, presumably for a midnight workout.
"There's something going on there," Ben Wallace said, not wanting to comment further.
You can't make this stuff up, folks.
"The way I feel right now, I'd trade my mother if the right deal came along." -- Isiah Thomas.
I actually think it's pretty darn cool, but sports fans tend to be traditionalists, and their first instinct when confronted with something that is not a sport they grew up with is to put it down. Then the media piles on to reinforce it.