there’s no way they could know that I was looking at work by the next great American master

The trade-off was worth it. I had to get up from the café car and stand in the weird metal space between two of the train cars because I was laughing so hard I’d started to cry, and other passengers were looking at me as though I’d become a physical manifestation of this image. Given the daggers they were shooting my way, you’d have thought I’d turned into a human being without elbows, with gaps between each of her teeth, whose fingers were baby carrots and whose head had been shaved, save for two ponytails poking out from the side. I might as well have been wearing a see-through sweatsuit over a t-shirt the way Rubenstein depicted me above.

But I don’t blame my fellow train riders; there’s no way they could know that I was looking at work by the next great American master. As Henry Ward Beecher, a clergyman, social reformer, and speaker (if Wikipedia is to be believed) once said, “Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”

That’s exactly what Rubenstein does. Here, as proof, are a few of his most staggering works of breathtaking genius, with commentary from the artist himself. And yes, this is a sports website, but a) art is sports, and b) a lot of Rubenstein’s work is about sports, so it belongs here.

Okafor’s tumultuous rookie season resulted in averages of 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. But with Joel Embiid’s emergence, the Duke big man, who was selected third overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, has seen his playing time and production slashed.

Philadelphia’s low post scorer averages just 11.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game off the bench this season and is fighting for minutes in a crowded 76ers frontcourt.

Why Okafor’s return makes sense

Okafor is a talented inside scorer, but given the 76ers’ crowded frontcourt, teams could be trying to pry the gifted big man away at a discount. Returning the player to its rotation could be a sign that Philadelphia hasn’t seen an offer sweet enough to part ways with its reserve forward-center.

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