its all about $tern
Sure season could have not 82 but even 41 games but again its $ from TV broadcasting overseas and some fans are addicted to NBA. Some players simply are not destined to show own talents like Roy Oden......

worst thing is too many games in 1 week + few states and then goin back from coast to coast time diffrences and home team can be destroyed with reason of travel

Same thing is for futbol [soccer for americans]

when champions league has been expanded to 32 teams and they are paying tuesdays and wednesdays once UEFA score totaly fail group after group and they cancel that.

and 3 strongest leagues competition playing 38 matches home and away spain la liga Uk premiere league Italian serie a german bundesliga have 34 but winter break
and some strong teams playing also in domestic cups so they are playing each 3 days even.