Re: Lakers missing the playoffs will cause a rule change
I, for one, would applaud this change because the world should not be deprived of seeing the great Kobe Bryant on center stage of the spectacle that is the NBA playoffs. While you may cite the time differences as a problem, consider it for me. I live in the plains of Mozambique, where the games start anywhere from 1 to 4 o'clock in the night. This is most inconvenient as it "the lions hunt at night" and, unfortunately, we can only get satellite reception outdoors. So one must watch the games with one eye following the action and one eye following the terrain, if you know what I mean.
Consider this the next time you worry about missing a little sleep to watch the basketball.