Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot reached into the backpack he uses to carry around his belongings. Most players have headphones or iPads.
Luwawu-Cabarrot had a sketchpad.
The second-year guard has a knack for drawing. It is a talent he naturally possesses without formal training.
“When I was a kid in school, I was just gifted,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said. “I just kind of liked it and kept doing it the whole year.”
Luwawu-Cabarrot draws to fill his time or whenever a certain image catches his eye. Going through his book of work (watch video above), he showed an intricately detailed shadowed sketch of a giraffe inspired by a picture he had seen. He penned a replication of a childhood photograph of his girlfriend, captivated by the expression in her eyes.
Luwawu-Cabarrot also drew the image of his puppy that passed away while he was playing in Serbia. He is modest about his skill level with each piece.
“I was trying to find something to draw or be inspired,” he said. “I took a picture of our former dog and I just drew it.”
Luwawu-Cabarrot’s artwork hasn’t crossed over to basketball … yet. He does have a specific image in mind if he were to sketch his teammates: the reaction to T.J. McConnell’s game-winner against the Knicks last January.
"I’ve thought about it," Luwawu-Cabarrot said. "Probably the picture when T.J. hit the two pointers for the win and Jo [Embiid] held him like this and screamed at him. That would be a cool picture."