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Mar 25, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris (12) is congratulated by fans as he comes off the court as the Orlando Magic beat the Portland Trail Blazers 95-85 at Amway Center. Harris had a game-high 25 points. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando Magic Today: Tobias Harris In Africa

Good morning, everyone. Hope you all had a good weekend and are ready to hit this work week hard. College football starts on Thursday, and we get a long weekend for Labor Day, so you can get through the week, I promise. Anyway, lets get the week started off right and see what is brewing with Orlando Magic Today.

We start off with a stop at a familiar place: OrlandoMagicDaily. This time, Philip takes a look at Andrew Nicholson and how he fared with the Canadian National Team during their trip to Europe. After playing with the team last summer, Nicholson really struggled during the regular season with the Magic. Maybe (hopefully) this coming season will be different for the St. Bonaventure grad.

Our second stop sees us visit Newsday and Bob Herzog who talked with Tobias Harris about his recent trip to Africa thanks to the NBA’s Basketball without Borders program. It’s great to see Magic men getting involved in the community no matter what, especially for such a great cause like this one. It’s been a hectic summer for Harris, who’s been working out relentlessly, working with team USA and now this. Hopefully he’ll be rested for the season.

“We went to some areas of poverty. At one place, the kids were asking me, ‘Do you want your socks?'” Harris said on Friday, on the final day of his camp’s second and final session of the summer. “One of them asked me, ‘Do you need them?’ I said, ‘Why do you ask me that?’ He said, ‘If you don’t want them, I’ll take them.’ It wasn’t just because he wanted an NBA player’s socks. It was because they didn’t have socks. I gave them to him.”

Just as he is at his hometown camp, where youngsters ask him about playing in the NBA, hang on his every word as well as his arms and legs and ask him to sign jerseys, photos and basketballs, Harris was a Pied Piper in Johannesburg. Kids followed him everywhere and left a lasting impression.

“It opened my eyes about a lot of things,” said Harris, whose camp just completed its fourth year of operation. “Just helping those kids in Africa learn basketball and being in the community with them. The best part of the trip was seeing how happy those kids were to see us. They come from so little but they really appreciate life. It was definitely a different culture out there. Everybody was grateful just to be living.”

Our last stop is a quick one. At FanSided’s RipCityProject, they report on the retirement of center Joel Przybilla. While Przybilla never played for the Magic, it’s still news. Congrats to him on his retirement and all the best.

That does it for Orlando Magic Today on this warm Monday morning. Be sure to continue to check back with us throughout the week as we continue to look at some interesting story lines with the Magic as the offseason winds down.

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