If art were…

If art were a basketball team and I was the water boy– and I was given the reward of making my one, own wish come true (because I always kept the water and towels clean and readily available), then my wish would be to assemble a group of twelve players that will comprise my own “Dream Team.” So, here goes:

Leonardo da Vinci____________________________Center
Michelangelo Buonarroti_______________________Center
Rembrandt van Rijn___________________________Power Forward
Jackson Pollock______________________________Power Forward
Arshile Gorky________________________________Power Forward
Georges Rouault______________________________Power Forward/Sixth Man
Vincent van Gogh_____________________________Small Forward
Cesar Legaspi________________________________Small Forward
Willem de Kooning____________________________Shooting Guard
Jack Hamm__________________________________Shooting Guard
Pablo Picasso________________________________Point Guard
Wassily Kandinsky____________________________Point Guard

Giotto di Bondone____________________________Head Coach

My starting five would be Picasso, de Kooning, Rembrandt, van Gogh and da Vinci. And I would love my “first five” to play against any powerhouse first team composed of– maybe– Cezanne, Matisse, Raphael, Sargent and Dürer.  Wow! That game is surely going to be a blast, perhaps enough to pass as the ultimate dream match– with flying colors! Woohoo!!! (Somehow, I can hear some people asking, “What about Degas, Monet, Vermeer, Klee and Doré?…or Renoir, Klimt, Rubens, Schiele and Velázquez?”…Beats me!)

Why I like them:

Leonardo da Vinci – he is a tower of power, no doubt! I cannot imagine a team without him because he just dominates the paint area without equal!  As the last line of defense, nothing gets past his meticulous eye, and his ambidexterity enables him to block the ball from virtually any direction– a new kind of defensive approach called “the cross-hatch maneuver.”

Michelangelo Buonarroti – the same qualities as da Vinci’s, although Michelangelo’s much bigger, sculpted body gets in the way of his agility sometimes. He is a master of the “skyhook,” a hook shot so elegantly done it’s almost like watching an artist paint a fresco on a ceiling!

Rembrandt van Rijn – this guy can do almost anything. He is the current slam-dunk champion, and he can play the shaded area and the rainbow area with equal mastery. He is what I call a “chiaroscuro” player, “light” and “dark,”  finesse and power rolled into one.

Jackson Pollock – a real offensive threat, he can dribble around his defenders on the hardcourt much like an action painter drips paints on his canvas.

Arshile Gorky –  a pure shooter with tremendous post-up skills.

Georges Rouault – he is my sixth man and Mr. Instant Offense. He can guard the big guys and his offensive rebounding skill is unmatched. He is called “The Old King” by his teammates because of his mastery of the age-old skill of boxing out his opponents for the rebound.

Vincent van Gogh – known as the nut case of the team, he practically reinvented the ball game. His colorful antics off the court are overshadowed only by his prodigious output on the floor. He cuts the lane in so many different ways and drives to the hoop acrobatically, evading even a triple-team defense! His uncanny, creative ways of drawing foul every time he drives to the basket earned him the nickname “the artist.” And when he’s not making those easy twos, he’s painting the rainbow area with his three-point shots.

Cesar Legaspi – the first Filipino import to play in the big league, he hasn’t disappointed everyone with his offensive prowess, especially his fade-away three-point shots.

Willem de Kooning – arguably the best shooting guard in the league, he is essentially a shorter version of Gorky with an excellent dribbling ability to boot. When playing alongside Gorky, they constitute the best pick and roll tandem in the league.

Jack Hamm – one of the quickest guards in the league, he is the master of the “give and go” offensive play. And as the only player in the league with a perfect free-throw percentage, he is given the monicker “Mr. Charity”–  for all the free (charity) shots he made without miss.

Pablo Picasso – the ultimate point guard, he is by far the fastest player in the league. His court generalship is legendary in that his blind passes, crossover dribbling and bounce passes have yet to be telegraphed by any opposing team. Built like a 100-meter sprinter, his size is far bigger than the typical point guard, making it difficult for his defender(s) to overpower him.

Wassily Kandinsky – probably the only point guard that can match the versatility of Picasso in distributing the ball. He has the best defensive skills among all the point guards and leads the league in  steals. He can read the moves of the player he’s guarding much like reading into his opponent’s mind– earning him the nickname “Abstract.”

Giotto di Bondone – the head coach of the team, he is also known by his monicker, “Seven,” because he is the only player in the league’s history to have played all the positions during his career:  point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, center, sixth man, and now, as head coach. Back during his playing days, he was known as “Mr. Perspective” because of his overall command in every aspect of the game. His natural position as a player was as a power forward.


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