With everything that’s been going on in the world of sports, we have continued to find a way to bring you some exciting topics for “Buy or Sell.” We have given you several different versions of this series as we focused on specific sports like MLB, NHL, NFL, and NBA. We have also had the occasional three sports articles, but this week is honestly one of my favorites.
It is one of my favorites because we have dug deep and thought about topics that you might have considered, but haven’t thought about it yet. Aman, Joel, and I have asked questions that may or may not have stuck your minds as it did ours.
So about these questions, how do you feel about the Golden State Warriors? Do you think they’ll win their 4th title in five years? If so, does that make them one of the greatest NBA dynasties?
How about the football fans out there? We will be talking about both types of football. For the NFL, we talk about our concern with the Cleveland Browns and how they may or may not make the playoffs? And then we talk about Europe football and one of the most beloved teams in La Liga. Can Real Madrid’s biggest acquisition help lead them to another La Liga title next season?
Stay with us as we break it down and give you want we think about each of these three exciting topics.
Rahim: If the Golden State Warriors can manage to keep Durant and Klay Thompson this summer, they could be a threat for the Celtics eight titles in 10 years.
Joel: I’m going to sell the Warriors winning eight titles in 10 years. Right now they’re at three titles in four years. If they win this year, which I think they will, they’ll be at four titles in five years.
For one, I don’t think the Warriors will keep both Thompson and Durant, but that’s not the reason I’m selling. One reason I’m selling is because winning four titles in five years is extremely hard to do. The Warriors doing that twice is extremely unlikely.
Then you’ve got their age. Steph Curry is 31, Durant is 30, and Thompson and Green are 29. They’re in their prime right now, but past their prime is quickly approaching. I don’t see a bunch of guys who are 34, 33 and 32 winning championships over a bunch of more athletic, younger guys who have teamed up to beat them. You know everyone is trying to form their own super team to take them down. I’m betting on someone putting a team together who can take down the Warriors here in the near future.
Aman: I’ll buy it. They’ll for sure threaten as it seems every season, Finals is a guaranteed minimum, making it look like half of the job is already done.
Whether Golden State Warriors will achieve eight or nine titles in such short time or not is a bit more challenging to tell, but if they consistently keep making Finals like how they’ve been, they’ll threaten the Celtics’ record.
However, if they lose players along the road, this possibility will become quite a bit harder, so it’s crucial the Warriors hold onto Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson for a few more seasons. Pretty much the only team that came close to ending Golden State’s season early was the Houston Rockets, so Golden State should keep their standards high.
Aman: After a dismal season, Real Madrid CF will make a comeback and win La Liga next season after the signing of Eden Hazard.
Rahim: As a Barcelona fan, I want to sell this question and remove Aman from my slim list of friends. But as a football fan, I know it’s only fair to buy it and give Real Madrid CF a slight chance to be the top team in La Liga again.
Without their superstar striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid finished 3rd in La Liga behind both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Although they finished 3rd, Real went 21-5-12 in their 38 games for a total of 68 points. That is 19 points less than 1st place Barca (87) and eight points less than 2nd place Atletico (76).
It’s not like Real has taken a significant step back in La Liga, but without Ronaldo, they are a different team. Despite Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus, they still have Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema who has to lead the team to another top three finish. But with the addition of Chelsea’s Ace Eden Hazard for next season, Real could go back on top of La Liga and surpass by Barcelona and Atletico. The bigger question is which formation do they plan on using with Hazard going to be the forward for this Real team. They could play one of two formations that could work well with how Hazard plays, the 4-4-2 or the 4-3-1-2.
In the 4-4-2 formation, it will feature Hazard, Bale, and Benzema as the front three, and that looks to be a deadly combination if they all stay healthy. It is also giving Hazard the chance to play on the left, which is his preferred position.
In the 4-3-1-2 formation, Hazard could thrive with his creativity. This was the formation that was used by Zinedine Zidane during his time as manager. It was also what gave Real Madrid their success in the Champions League final against Liverpool that leads them to a 3-1 win.
Joel: I’ll buy Real Madrid coming back to win La Liga next season. I think one thing they really missed last season was a talent like Eden Hazard. Hazard will be a great addition to the team as he fills the void that was left by Cristiano Ronaldo. He brings some simple traits along with him from Chelsea.
Anytime you don’t have a guy of his caliber, it’s going to hold your team back in some form. With a talent like him added, it’s going to elevate this team immensely and get them back to where they’re a serious threat to their opposition.
RahimAli covered the formations, which I also think has a lot to do with how successful the team will be. It’s one thing to have great players, but how those players are used also matters. If this team can find the right formation and use Hazard in the best way, they can get back on top.
Joel: After all their offseason moves and all the hype, the Cleveland Browns will not make the playoffs this coming season.
Aman: Sell. I see the Browns entering the playoffs, but not going far into it. It may take some time for their new signings to click with QB Mayfield, but once they do, I see this team’s offense becoming effective.
The Browns won’t be the best in their conference, no, no. Not with established teams like the Patriots or the Colts. And if groups like the Ravens have their defense solid this coming season, it won’t be easy for the Browns. But I think they’ll make the playoffs. Seven or eight wins can be enough to find a team a playoff spot.
Rahim: I agree with Aman in the sense that, yes the Browns will make the playoffs and for that, I also sell this! But I do think that the Browns could be one of the more sneaky teams in the NFL this season. Let’s call them this year’s version of the 2018 Los Angeles Rams.
I mean, seriously, what else do the Browns need to add to their team? They drafted QB Baker Mayfield and RB Nick Chubb last year along with WR Antonio Callaway, but they also added Jarvis Landry. Let’s not forget about their picks that they have been collecting over the years after being the worst team in football. But what they did this year was even more impressive.
The Browns traded for WR Odell Beckham Jr. and DE Olivier Vernon from the New York Giants. They also made several more moves like signing the suspended RB Kareem Hunt and DL Sheldon Richardson and even got “greedy” in the draft. Don’t forget that they already have Myles Garrett and they are still considering signing recently released DT Gerald McCoy.
So you see how all the pieces are falling into order for the Browns and their search for a playoff game for the first time since 2002. That is the longest current playoff drought of 16 years, and it is long overdue. I think that Mayfield and Co. will find a way to make not only the playoffs but also win the division and their first home playoff game. So lets all cheer for the Browns this year because we already know that everyone else will be.
And there you have it! Now, what do you think?
- If Durant and Thompson stay Warriors, could they be the best dynasty in NBA history?
- Can Real Madrid FC bounces back from a season without their superstar and win the La Liga title next season?
- Despite all the moves that the Cleveland Browns made, could they miss out on the playoffs?
Let us know your thoughts in the comment!