I doubt you go back to when the NBA played less than an 82 game schedule. More regular season games equal more $$$ even if it's only the playoffs that really count.
I figured that much, but it still doesn't make any sense.
I've always respected that. In Major League Baseball, the teams that aren't the Yankees and don't have a high salary focus on building and developing their young players to turn into superstars and hopefully keep their loyalty to the club.
Mario Gotze, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller came out the German League, so Bundaligas teams do a good job on producing talent.