Sixers' Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot an artist on and off court

Sixers' Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot an artist on and off court

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."

Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric available tonight vs. Celtics; 2 starters out

Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric available tonight vs. Celtics; 2 starters out

BOSTON — JJ Redick and Robert Covington (rest) won't play for the Sixers tonight in preseason game No. 3 in Boston, but Brett Brown will get two key players back. 

Markelle Fultz is available for the Sixers tonight after missing Friday's home game against the Celtics with a shoulder injury. Dario Saric is also available after missing each of the first two preseason games to rest. 

The Sixers' starting lineup tonight will be Ben Simmons, Jerryd Bayless, Nik Stauskas, Saric and Jahlil Okafor. Fultz will come off the bench. Brown is using this preseason game as another opportunity to experiment with lineups. He will distribute minutes to get an extended look at different players. 

Brown's plan is to play Saric limited minutes tonight and then ramp him up in the Sixers' final two preseason games (Wednesday at Brooklyn, Friday vs. Miami).

"I'm feeling free," Saric said of being cleared to play. "Now I'm fresh." 

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee) and James Michael McAdoo (left hamstring) will also be available tonight. 

Joel Embiid remains out but is back in Philadelphia training and will rejoin the Sixers on Monday night.

The Sixers will be without center Richaun Holmes for at least three weeks as he recovers from a broken left wrist suffered in Friday's loss to Boston.

The regular season begins for the Sixers on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Washington.

George Dempsey dies
The Sixers on Sunday announced the passing of George Dempsey, who played for the Philadelphia Warriors and Syracuse Nationals from 1954-59. 

A native of South Jersey who was born in Philadelphia, Dempsey was part of the Warriors' NBA title team in 1956. 

Dempsey was 88 years old.

Sixers Injury Update: Joel Embiid plays half-court 5-on-5; Jahlil Okafor full participant

Sixers Injury Update: Joel Embiid plays half-court 5-on-5; Jahlil Okafor full participant

CAMDEN, N.J. -- The bigs are getting closer to their returns. 

On Friday, Joel Embiid participated in half-court 5-on-5 during the final day of training camp. He had not done 5-on-5 activity since undergoing left knee surgery in March. 

“To see him with us, sweating and playing against people, and them playing against him was a good day,” Brett Brown said. 

The Sixers have not set a specific date for Embiid’s return. He is targeting opening night, Oct. 18 against the Wizards in Washington, D.C. Embiid has not played in a game since Jan. 27. 

Embiid worked out and rehabbed at the Sixers' training complex over the summer. He has been part of practices, but this was the first time he was on the court in this type of game-like setting. 

“It’s a whole different thing for his teammates,” Brown said. “You have another incredible weapon and target that you have to get the ball to or recognize that he is behind you defensively.”

Jahlil Okafor, who had been sidelined by right knee soreness, participated in a complete practice for the first time in camp. He has battled right knee issues since his rookie year and last played on March 22. 

“I just feel good on the court,” Okafor said. “Everything’s pretty comfortable. I have no soreness in my knee. Mentally, I’m not even thinking about it. That’s what I’m most excited about.”

Okafor is experiencing the benefits of his drastic weight loss. He adopted a vegan diet and dropped to 258 pounds, 20 less than at the start of last training camp. While Okafor admitted he got winded at points because of the long layoff from 5-on-5 action, Brown observed Okafor is moving at a more “efficient rate.” 

“He looks like a stick,” Richaun Holmes said. “He’s moving better, more athletic. You can see the determination in his face to have a successful season.” 

Okafor said he plans to play in Sunday’s open practice at The Palestra.

“It’s going to be scary when they’re back to full health and playing,” Ben Simmons said of the centers. 

As for Simmons, he was happy to complete training camp a year removed from suffering a season-ending foot injury on the final day. He has not been under any restrictions. 

"They wanted to go for two more minutes because it was a tied game," he said. "I was like, 'Nope.' Let's just get through it." 

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (right knee patellar tendonitis) practiced but did not go through 5-on-5.