Kyrie Irving? Certainly Mavs are not that desperate and shouldn't be

Turns out the culprit wasn't the North Texas heat. Or the habanero barbecue sauce. Our reflux flare-ups this bank holiday weekend weren't caused by an unbearable climate or cuisine, but by the continued coverage of "Kyrie Irving" and "Mavericks" in the same sentence. (Author: Gardener)

Kyrie IrvingDallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) forces his way past Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the second quarter at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Thursday, May 6, 2021. Not caused by intolerable climate or cuisine, but persistent coverage of "Kyrie Irving" and "Mavericks" in the same sentence. That diagnosis was reinforced by the aftermath of the Mavericks' recent offseason setback on Sunday, when their long-rumored and widely suspected free-agent target, Goran Dragic, agreed to a one-year deal with Chicago. – to convert what amounted to an undisputed layup by signing Luka Doncic's mentor, 36, and a fellow Slovenian, further fueling speculation that Governor Mark Cuban and general manager Nico Harrison have bigger ideas for the team's only remaining roster spot . On draft night, June 23, a Mavericks source dismissed any notion that Dallas would pursue Irving after The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the Mavericks were among seven teams that Irving would welcome a trade for. Irving eventually settled on the final year of his $36.5 million contract, but teammate Kevin Durant's trade request just hours before free agency began last Thursday made it all but certain that both he as well as Irving are treated. On Saturday, Charania characterized the Lakers, Philadelphia and Dallas as admirers of Irving. Unfortunately, he meant Irving the player, not the beautiful city that borders Dallas. Irving, the player, is certainly enticing, with his stunning holds and three-season averages of 27.1 points, 6.0 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 49% shooting. The problem is that Irving lugs the person more luggage as a locker room presence than Kim Kardashian does on a month-long cruise. His trail of destruction goes further back to two controversial seasons in Boston. He's hardly the embodiment of chemistry and accountability, coach Jason Kidd stressed on the first day of training camp last September. Those words formed the foundation upon which Harrison, Kidd and their coaching staff built the culture of a Mavericks team that set the NBA's third-best record after the New Year and shocked them to the Western Conference Finals. But this weekend, especially after Sunday's Dragic news, a sizeable segment of Mavericks fans took to social media to convince themselves that a season of Irving doesn't pose much of a risk and that the potential benefits far outweigh any downsides. The loss of Jalen Brunson with no compensation has hit the Mavericks and MFFLs hard. Being left at the altar by free agents year after year is difficult enough. Filing a divorce petition of your own and ditching it with the team, with whom it seems in hindsight he more than flirted with, is particularly painful. It's also evident that despite the additions of big men Christian Wood and JaVale McGee, Dallas' offseason roster so far has lagged behind those of Golden State, the Clippers, Denver, Minnesota and perhaps New Orleans. And what if Durant lands in Phoenix or San Francisco? Durant is the magnificent mansion that you overpay for without asking questions, not even asking for an inspection. Irving is the flashy property with all the bells and whistles, but also a cracked foundation and mold behind the walls. Irving is the acquisition of a desperate team, or a desperate and foolish one like the Lakers. The Mavericks, with 23-year-old Doncic coming through the Western Conference Finals, shouldn't be desperate, although they need at least one more roster upgrade. As questionable as Irving's fit for the dressing room and culture seems, it's equally chilling to wonder how the ball-dominated Irving and Doncic would mesh in the same backcourt. This isn't about Sunday's Dragic news. It's understandable why fans, and likely Doncic, are disappointed, but in reality Dragic didn't want to fill the Brunson void or make Dallas a Western Conference favorite. The Mavericks would be better off making a push for Cleveland restricted free agent Collin Sexton. Or even act for 33-year-old Bojan Bogdanovic. But Kyrie Irving? Excuse me, I'm enjoying the rest of the holiday, preferably with a piece of apple pie. For more coverage of Mavericks in the Dallas Morning News, click here.


The reigning F1 champion, a white ex-racer, stands by a man who used a foreign N-word for Lewis Hamilton

Reigning F1 world champion Max Verstappen has said an ex-racer should not be banned from the paddock for the racist term he used about Lewis Hamilton. (Author: Gardener)

Lewis HamiltonSILVERSTONE, England (AP) -- Lewis Hamilton said Thursday that Formula One should ignore "old voices" and reject racism as it focuses on becoming more inclusive, even as reigning world champion Max Verstappen said his "father-in-law" should it not be banned from the F1 paddock. Hamilton, the seven-time F1 champion and only black driver, was responding to comments made by three-time F1 champion Nelson Piquet last year when he referred to Hamilton with a racist term. Former longtime F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone defended Piquet on Thursday, saying he was surprised Hamilton hadn't "pushed it aside" and expressed his support for Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. "I don't know why we keep giving these older voices a platform because they're talking about our sport and we're trying to do something very different. And I think it's not representative of who we are now as a sport and where we want to go," Hamilton said, without naming Piquet or Ecclestone. "These old voices, whether unconscious or conscious, don't agree that people like me, for example, should be in a sport like this, don't agree that women should be here," Hamilton said. In an apparent response to Ecclestone's comments, Hamilton added: "No one should have to dismiss racism and it shouldn't be my job to dismiss it." Verstappen said Piquet erred in using a word he understood to be "very, very offensive,” but don't think it's racist. "Let it be a lesson for the future not to use that word because it's very, very offensive, and especially nowadays, you know, it's becoming more and more relevant," he said. "But I do spend a lot of time with Nelson, I think, more than the average person in general. "I'm pretty sure you can see the word in two ways even in the statement he released, but I think it's still better not to use it." Verstappen said he didn't confront Piquet. We're not going to call and say, 'Hey man, that's not correct.' I think he knows that himself." Hamilton didn't immediately respond to Verstappen's remarks. Hamilton said he wanted F1 to do more to expand the diversity and inclusiveness of the sport. Hamilton is working with his Mercedes team to fund projects to encourage greater participation by women in auto racing and engineering scholarships for black auto racing-focused students. Piquet was suspended on Thursday from his honorary membership of the British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns and operates the Silverstone circuit used for this week's Grand Prix. The BRDC said Piquet's use of "racially offensive language to describe another BRDC member was unacceptable and constituted behavior totally inappropriate for an honorary member of the BRDC, notwithstanding his subsequent apology." The BRDC added that it was expected that its board of directors would terminate Piquet's membership at an upcoming meeting. Piquet apologized to Hamilton on Wednesday but said while the term was "ill thought out" it was not meant to be offensive. Piquet used the term three times when discussing a crash between Hamilton and Verstappen during last year's British Grand Prix. Even without Piquet's comments, this week's return to Silverstone would have had an increased focus on the often acrimonious rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen last year. Verstappen hit the wall and was taken to a hospital for observation, while Hamilton continued to win despite a penalty. Hamilton faced racial abuse on social media after the race; Verstappen complained that it was classless for Hamilton to celebrate a win while Verstappen was being checked out in hospital. Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu said on Thursday that at the time he signed his contract as F1's first driver from China, he faced "quite a lot of negativity and racist comments that should never happen" on social media. "Lewis is trying in a way to help the world move forward and it's not just for us but for the younger generation to set a better example for them," Zhou added. Verstappen's Red Bull team issued a statement on Tuesday, saying: "The team does not condone any form of racism." It made no mention of Piquet, focusing on Red Bull's decision to take Formula 2 driver Jüri Firing Vips from a test and reserve driver role for using a racial slur during an online gaming stream. Ecclestone, who was previously criticized by Hamilton for comments about racism and diversity in F1, said Piquet's closeness to Verstappen could explain his comments and that Piquet "would never bother to say anything bad". "Knowing Nelson as I know him, as his daughter is Max Verstappen's girlfriend, probably after he saw the accident... he probably blew up at the time and kind of carried it along," Ecclestone said in comments to the British TV breakfast show. Good Morning Britain. Ecclestone, who controlled F1 for decades before stepping down in 2017, also defended Vladimir Putin over the invasion of Ukraine. The 91-year-old said he would "take a bullet" for the Russian president. "Bernie Ecclestone's comments are his personal views and are in stark contrast to (the) position of our sport's modern values," F1 said in a statement. Hamilton wondered why Ecclestone was even put on TV: "Someone who ultimately believes in the war, the displacement of millions of people and the killing of thousands of people? Download the Grio mobile apps today!


What Max Verstappen thinks about the controversial F1 salary cap

In 2021, F1 introduced a budget cap that limits team spending. Although driver salaries were not included in the cap, discussions indicate that this could be on the table. (Author: Gardener)

Max VerstappenReigning Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen considers the driver's salary cap to be "completely wrong". In 2021, Formula 1 introduced a budget cap that limits team spending to $140 million with a few exceptions. Although driver salaries were not included in the cap, ongoing discussions indicate that could be on the table. In a Sky Sports report, Verstappen says: "But it's completely wrong from my side because I think Formula 1 is becoming more popular at the moment and everyone is making more and more money, including the teams, the Formula 1 owners - everyone benefits." In recent years, Formula One has surged in popularity around the world, with some attributing it to Netflix's ongoing documentary series Formula One: Drive to Survive. As one of the youngest and most in-demand talents in the industry, Verstappen is known for it to enjoy the fruits of his labor with limited edition cars and a private jet."So why should the drivers be chopped off with their IP rights and all that's actually running the show and putting their lives on the line because we're doing it?


TV coverage, dates and start time in US and UK

The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria will host the 11th race of the 2022 Formula 1 season, the Austrian GP, ​​and here's all the information you need to not miss anything this weekend, such as: . B. the TV coverage, appointments and start time. This race will... (Author: Gardener)

USRace 11 of this 2022 Formula 1 season is taking place in Austria and here's everything you need to know for this weekend, the TV coverage, dates and start time. The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria will host the 11th race of the 2022 Formula 1 season, the Austrian GP, ​​and here's all the information you need to not miss anything this weekend, such as: . B. the TV coverage, appointments and start time. This race will be broadcast live on FuboTV in the United States. The British Grand Prix was without the best of the season. A more than interesting race is now ahead, as the two Red Bull drivers will be driving in their team's country of origin, a track that is clearly favorable for them due to its two long straights. It will be an ideal weekend to enjoy motorsports with Formula 1, but also the WEC 6 Hours of Monza and the Nascar Quaker State 400. 7:30am - 8:30am ET - First Practice 6:30 - 7am :30pm AM (ET) - Practice Two In order not to miss anything of this race of the 2022 Formula 1 season, you can follow all the action of the 2022 British Grand Prix in the United States via FuboTV and another option is ESPN .


F1 22 Jeddah Setup Guide for dry and wet conditions

This guide will show you the best car setup for success on the F1 22 Jeddah Corniche Circuit. (Author: Gardener)

Jeddah Setup GuideThe Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is ​​a bit challenging as the Jeddah Corniche Circuit has been fairly lightly traveled so far. This guide will show you the best car setup for success on the F1 22 Jeddah Corniche Circuit. The Jeddah Corniche Circuit is considered rough due to its fast blind corners and fast chicanes. Driving on this crazy race track without proper car set-up can lead to disaster. For best results on the F1 22 Jeddah Circuit, open the throttle a little more than the throttle. In terms of suspension geometry, you want the front camber to be close to maximum, but not quite, as Jeddah demands a responsive car. Since the F1 22 Saudia Arabia Circuit is relatively forgiving compared to the real thing, you'll be happy with the plush suspensions. Maintaining maximum tire pressure will give you the best speed on the straight and the best response in high-speed corners. Here we will go through both dry and wet setups for the F1 22 Saudia Arabia track. Here is the best F1 22 Jeddah Dry setup. When the track condition changes from dry to wet, you need to adapt your setup to the wet surface. So here is the best F1 22 Jeddah wet setup.


How F1's Halo saved Zhou Guanyu's life in a massive rollover crash

When the Alfa's roll bar collapsed, it was up to Halo to keep Zhou's head inches from the tarmac. (Author: Gardener)

Zhou Guanyu'sAfter driver Zhou Guanyu was involved in a massive rollover accident that saw his Alfa Romeo Formula 1 car shoot into a safety fence, he was released by Formula 1 medics and is said to have suffered no major injuries during Sunday's race at Silverstone . Without a doubt, the car's halo saved his life. However, the failure of the roll bar meant the halo was the only component still protecting the Chinese driver as his car skidded upside down on the tarmac. According to the rules, F1 cars have many extremely specific safety measures built in, although these are not specification parts developed by the series for each team. Yes, there are many spec parts in the 2022 cars, but nothing quite as structural as a roll bar. The upper part of an F1 car consists of two roll structures: the primary structure is the roll bar, while the halo is the secondary structure. The bar is located directly behind the cockpit and is intended to ensure that the driver is not crushed in the event of a rollover. It has to undergo a heavy-duty test to make sure it can take the weight of the car (even if it hits the ground really hard). How F1's Halo Saved Zhou Guanyu's Life in a Massive Rollover As a structural component, the tire is bonded to the chassis and the entire assembly is tested to withstand 11 tons vertically, 7.7 tons longitudinally and 6.6 tons laterally. For F1 cars weighing less than a ton, that means a vertical impact would have to be pretty severe to break the tire - even after accounting for the 242.5 pounds of fuel cars need to have on board at the start of the race . Photos of Zhou's car skidding across the tarmac before hitting the gravel on the outside of Abbey corner clearly show the roll bar structure collapsing. At least visually it seems less like a failure of the roll bar itself and more like a chassis failure. First the T-Bar goes, and then what looks like the actual roll-bar tire flies away from the car while resting alone on the halo. The images are terrifying when you can see Zhou's head backlit by the sparks and protected only by the halo. In some accidents, drivers may attempt to tuck themselves into the cockpit as far as possible before impact, but that's not exactly possible if they're hanging upside down from your seat belts. In fact, the force the overturned car exerted on the tarmac was so intense it literally cut a track into the surface of Silverstone, as photographed by F1 journalist and presenter Craig Slater. This trail of destruction was almost certainly caused by the halo, as the roll bar and other upper crash structures detached almost immediately. For most of the time the car was skidding on the tarmac (100+ yards) and the only thing that stood between Zhou's head and the track was the halo. According to the FIA, the halo can withstand a pressure of 13.2 tons - so it is harder than the vertical limit of the roll bar structure, although it is considered secondary protection. Last year at Monza, the halo effectively protected Lewis Hamilton from serious injury, if not worse, when Max Verstappen's rear tire essentially landed on Hamilton's head. When the car reached the gravel bed, it dug in and flew uncontrollably toward the tire stack. Upon hitting the tire barrier, he slammed violently into the safety fence, which did its job of preventing him from going straight into the spectator area. The safety fence is designed exactly to flex and catch a car or debris in its meshes, but it's alarming to see one run over the tires and get wedged between the two. In the end, it was more of what complicated Zhou's extraction than any medical issues - a real testament to how well the security systems worked on Sunday. Eventually, the chassis and other components fail (scary considering they can withstand two tons of difference), and the first hit might have been enough to destroy the structure even if there hadn't been a malfunction of the roll bar itself. We won't know for sure until the FIA ​​releases full speed and impact numbers, among other things. In just five short seasons, the Halo has become synonymous with safety in the most extreme conditions. Now it's the FIA's turn to reveal exactly what happened and how F1 can learn from it.


Racing without traction control in F1 22

During a race, the slightest mistake can cost you victory, and this effect is exaggerated in a formula car race. Some safety features are built into a car (Author: Gardener)

22Traction control is one of the safety features present in all modern cars, but formula cars lack this feature. F1 22 allows its players to have traction control in their car so they can easily learn to drive a formula car. But driving a super fast car with a safety feature that slows it down isn't fun, and at the same time driving the car without traction control isn't easy. Before we learn how to drive a formula car without traction control, let's discuss what traction control is. Traction control is an electronic safety feature that limits the maximum force sent to a car's wheels, eliminating the possibility of wheel spin. If the force sent to the wheels is greater than the tires can handle, it will cause the wheels to spin and can increase the risk of an accident. Because so much power is sent to the wheels of a formula car that I can easily spin a wheel, especially in rainy weather and with a lot less grip on the road. You can toggle traction control on and off by going to Game Options, then Settings, then Assists. In the Assists menu you can toggle traction control on and off. Now that we've discussed how traction control works, let's talk about how to drive a car without traction control in F1 22. Driving a car without traction control requires being careful. By this we mean you have to be careful with the throttle and not ram it down, especially when coming out of a corner. When coming out of a particularly slow corner, you should flatten the throttle, but doing so will only make your car turn the other way and not go straight because the wheels are spinning. Gently press the gas pedal and let the car adapt to the road. When you're in a higher gear, say fifth gear, you don't have to worry about wheel spin. But in lower gears like first or second the chances are higher and then you have to be careful with the throttle.


Why George Russell jumped out of F1 car after Zhou Guanyu wreck

Two separate and horrific wrecks occurred during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix. (Author: Gardener)

George RussellTwo separate and horrific wrecks occurred during the opening lap of the British Grand Prix. George Russell after Zhou Guanyu's accident at the British Grand Prix. On the opening lap of the Formula One British Grand Prix, two separate wrecks collided with multiple cars, sending one driver to the hospital for "precautionary checks" and another sliding across the track and gravel before rolling into the fence . Pierre Gasly shot between Zhou Guanyu and George Russell but as the gap closed the AlphaTauri rider backed away. The Afla Romeo flipped upside down and slid across the track and gravel before rolling over the barriers. The safety fence in front of the grandstand stopped Zhou, the rookie's car, which fell into the gap between the fence and tire barrier. Russell, meanwhile, observed this on the track and jumped out of his Mercedes before sprinting across the gravel to join Zhou. He quickly jumped onto the barriers and motioned to the marshals for help. "I saw the race was marked with a red flag, so I knew it was safe to get out," said Russell. “I wanted to check if [Zhou] was okay and if I could have helped in any way. When I came back I couldn't start the car but I don't know, there was no reason I shouldn't have because the car was fine. I asked the marshal to arrange for them not to pick up the car and as it turned out there was nothing wrong with the car other than a flat tyre. Russell was not allowed to continue competing in the Grand Prix. As it turns out, this isn't the first time Russell has stopped mid-race to help another driver. IndyCar's Callum Ilott tweeted, "The first time I flipped a kart [George] stopped on the track to lift it off me. Russell felt that starting on hard tires not only affected his takeoff performance but was a factor in the heartbreaking wreck. "We took a risk on the hard starts because I didn't work well enough in qualifying and we started from position," Russell told “We felt that today was our best opportunity to fight for a podium and it was. “But we knew it was going to be very difficult in Round 1 and it turned out to be extremely difficult. I couldn't get any tire temperatures on the formation lap and I just got swamped by all the cars and the next thing I got hit from behind, [went] into Zhou's side and we saw the rest." Zhou and Williams driver Alex Albon who were involved in a separate wreck were both taken to the medical center. While the Williams driver later went to the hospital for "checkups," Zhou was eventually released from the medical center and tweeted that he was O. Williams announced later Sunday afternoon that Albon had been "cleared and discharged from Coventry Hospital." Russell, who is also a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, said F1 has a safety lesson to learn from Zhou's wreck. "It was awful, in that position he was stuck there, nothing he could have done," Russell said, per ESPN. “We have to think to avoid a car getting stuck in such a narrow gap. "The space between the barriers and the metal fence and he was just stuck there with nowhere to go. Carlos Sainz won his first Formula 1 race while Sergio Pérez and Lewis Hamilton completed the rest of the podium.


F1's Halo device saves another life in a horrific crash. How does it work?

Zhou Guanyu's car rolled over, skidded, jumped over a wheel lock, and crashed into the security fence. But he escaped unscathed thanks to Halo technology. (Author: Gardener)

HaloThe halo, or wishbone-shaped titanium bar, now commonly seen on all Formula Series and other auto racing cars. The device is in the news again after undeniably saving the life of Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu at the recently concluded British Grand Prix, the BBC reported. As the drivers slammed the accelerator to improve their positions in the field on the first lap of the Formula 1 race at Silverstone Circuit, no one could have imagined in their wildest dreams what fate awaited Zhou Guanyu. A high speed rear wheel contact saw Afla Romeo's car overturn and skidded over the tarmac and then over the gravel trap before flying over a tire barrier and onto the safety fence, with the driver firmly secured in the car. The driver later announced on Twitter that he was safe and credited the Halo with emerging unscathed from the horrific accident. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your nice messages!— 周冠宇 | Zhou Guanyu 🇨🇳 (@ZhouGuanyu24) July 3, 2022 The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), motorsport's governing body, has pushed to tighten safety following the deaths of drivers who were hit by flying debris from other cars improving vehicles and found that the Halo was the most effective device for deflecting objects traveling at 150 mph (241 km/h) without obstructing the driver's view. Constructed of lightweight titanium, the tube is attached to the car's carbon fiber chassis at three points for maximum rigidity. The system was first tested in 2016 and then made mandatory for Formula One (F1), F2, F3, F4 and Formula E races by 2018, reported. The implementation of the system met with a lot of criticism, including from the Mercedes racing team. Team boss Toto Wolff said he would take a chainsaw to the Halo if allowed, while team driver Lewis Hamilton had called it the "worst-looking modification" in the history of the sport, the BBC said in his report. Complaints about the system were that it ruined the car's aesthetics while also interfering with the driver's vision. However, as explains, the Halo's construction with titanium means the bars are quite flimsy. Last year it saved Lewis Hamilton from a serious injury when the Red Bull race wheel rolled over the Mercedes' cockpit, prompting him to tweet about it later. Someone must have looked down and watched me today! #TeamLH: I'm so thankful for each and every one of you, you really are the best.— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) September 12, 2021 Over the years, the FIA ​​has investigated over 40 real-life incidents and found that the halo increased the driver's chance of survival by 17 percent. After Zhou Guanyu's terrible crash, there will hardly be any critics of the Halo.


Piastri's F1 future is tied to the new Alonso deal

"It's just a matter of timing and we're not there yet" (Author: Gardener)

Piastri's F1Oscar Piastri is facing a nervous wait before learning his future in Formula 1, according to comments from Alpine team boss Otmar Szafnauer. Piastri is one of the top rated youngsters not in F1 at the moment. The Australian has won three different junior categories in as many years, culminating in the Formula 2 title in 2021. However, he is currently spending a year on the sidelines working as a reserve driver for Alpine after failing to secure a Formula 1 appearance this year. Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso are both signed with the Anglo-French team, the latter in the latest of his one-plus-one deals that saw him return to the sport last season. Apparently, should that be agreed, it would keep Piastri out of the Alpine factory seat, at least until that point. "They are all connected and connected," Szafnauer said of Piastri and Alonso's future. “Like I said, I think it was in May when I was asked the question and we'll think about it around Silverstone time and probably wrap something up after the break. The American didn't reveal anything when asked about the prospect of a two-year deal for Alonso. Former driver and commentator Martin Brundle has suggested that being on the Formula One grid next season is crucial for Piastri or he will be lost in the next wave of drivers who come through. Szafnauer has confirmed he will take part in Free Practice 1 sessions for the squad later in the year, but only after the summer break. Away from Alpine, Piastri has been heavily linked with a move to Williams in place of Nicholas Latifi. The Canadian has had a difficult start to 2022 and without a contract for next year is the most logical place for any new driver. That Piastri is part of the Alpine program will worry Grove staff, but a two-year deal covering the length of Alonso's own extension would seem to harmonize well. Williams would have a bright young talent for two seasons while Alpine keep their current driver line-up while bleeding their star-to-be - much like Mercedes did with George Russell. Nothing seems to have been decided at the moment as Piastri and Alonso's futures are inextricably linked.