For years I have questioned the wisdom of having the first round be best-of-five and later rounds best-of-seven. Theoretically, a seven-game series will produce the better team whereas an underdog can sometimes pull off a shocking surprise in a shorter series. So I was somewhat happy to see David Stern announce that the NBA would change the first round to best-of-seven. But this year???? When was the last time you can remember a major sports league changing the rules more than halfway through the current season? I have two explanations for the extremely odd timing: 1. The NBA is desperate for cash. 2. This move is aimed directly at the Lakers, who will likely get the 8th seed in the West and scare the living you-know-what out of the Mavericks. Again, I think the change is long overdue; I just think it's wrong to change something so major midway through the season. Your thoughts?