Beyond the bubble: Disney Delete 8? Suns rising? Has Ingles come around? – The Athletic

While our Joe Vardon will keep pumping out quality dispatches about the NBA’s season restart from inside the Orlando bubble through most of August, I’ll be headed that way on the back end of NBA playoffs. This is the latest in an occasional ‘Beyond the Bubble’ look at the action from the outside — for now.

Anyone who has watched HBO’s “The Leftovers” series knows the show was nothing if not tortured.

After two percent of the world’s population vanishes for reasons unknown, stress and confusion abound as those who remain try to grapple with their new reality. The promotional poster from the first season — main character Kevin Garvey Jr. punching cracks into a concrete wall — sort of says it all.

At this rate, with the Delete Eight teams left out of the league’s Orlando plan for safety reasons and frustration growing about what comes next for them, NBA TV might need to steal…