Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

Former Clipper Tobias Harris praises God after getting traded to Philadelphia 76ers

Tobias Harris’ time as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t have started much better.

Harris, who was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Sixers on Wednesday, scored 36 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out nine assists in his first two games with the team, both wins. He is also 5-for-8 from beyond the arc in a Sixers uniform.

On the season, Harris is averaging 20.8 points, 2.8 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from 3-point range, all career highs.

The day after the trade, he sent out a tweet saying, “God does not give us overcoming life. He gives us life as we overcome.”

He also praised God through Twitter after contributing 14 points and eight rebounds in his first game as a Sixer, a 117-110 win over the Denver Nuggets.

“Any person I meet, I try to embrace them and show them love so that they know I’m a Christian,” Harris told Razz and Jazz Sports in 2015. “Jesus Christ was a loving man and as Christians, we have to try to enable our lives after Jesus Christ.”

Harris is in his eighth season in the NBA and has played for five different teams. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 campaign. Through all of the uncertainty that comes with being a professional basketball player, Harris continues to lead on God.

“In the NBA, you go through a lot of ups and downs,” Harris said in an interview with Darrell Johnson in 2014. “You’ve just got to continue to trust God’s plan.”

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