MILWAUKEE — Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris insists that Sunday afternoon's game against the Milwaukee Bucks is just another game.
Even though the Bucks are his former team.
Even though he had fallen out of the Bucks' playing rotation.
Even though the Bucks traded him, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb to the Magic for J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayón and Ish Smith on Feb. 21.
"They did what they did," Harris said Saturday after the Magic finished practice at Marquette University.
"That was the trade they wanted to make. So, obviously, they didn't think it was a mistake. So as a player, I'm just going out there and I'm just going to play my game, play with my teammates and have fun out on the basketball court."
This could be considered almost a triumphant return for the 20-year-old.
He has started Orlando's last four games at power forward, and since the deal he has averaged 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in almost 31 minutes per game.
In Milwaukee this season, he played in 28 of a possible 53 games and was averaging 11.6 minutes per game.
The Bucks used him primarily at small forward, and he had some difficulty guarding opposing wings, which prompted former Bucks coach Scott Skiles and Skiles' successor, Jim Boylan, to reduce Harris' minutes. Plus, the Bucks had an abundance of capable forwards, including Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson, Larry Sanders, Drew Gooden and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.
"Tobias is a good player," Boylan said Saturday. "It was just a numbers thing here, and we had a lot of guys in front of him. ... Tobias is a scorer. That's what he does: He scores. So I'm not surprised that he's down there being able to do that with the Orlando team."
Magic officials love Harris' maturity, and they probably would've been impressed with the way Harris complimented Skiles and Bucks fans on Saturday.
"I was definitely frustrated, but my dad and people in my ear always were telling me just to always continue to work," Harris said. "I used the time to get better, and that what's I tried to do. Now with the situation here I'm blessed to be in this position."
Harris remains in contact with Henson, Sanders, Gooden, Marquis Daniels and Joel Przybilla.
"The fan support in Milwaukee has always been top of the line, and I respect all the fans here and the trust they had in me as a player," Harris said. "Even through Twitter and Facebook, I still talk to the fans. The fans are always tweeting me and stuff like that. So that's a good feeling."
The Magic practiced inside Marquette's Kasten Gym on Saturday. On the gym's walls are the names of all Marquette alumni who played in the NBA. There are also pictures of some of the more famous alumni, including Doc Rivers, Dwyane Wade and Maurice Lucas.
The wall features two pictures of Rivers: one of him as the Boston Celtics' coach and another of him as a young college player.
"How about that picture?" said Vaughn, who played for Rivers in 2002-03 when Rivers coached the Magic. "Wait till I see him! We play them again. I should take a picture of it and show him!"
Rookie power forward Andrew Nicholson didn't attend Saturday's practice because he was suffering from an apparent stomach flu.