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Martin's Turn to Reflect On Africa

Kevin Martin's African tour with Basketball Without Borders is almost over. He checked in with the Asheville Citizen-Times about his experience.

Tears rolling down her cheeks, Patience watched Friday as Martin and a work crew constructed a spacious four-room house designed to help make life a little more bearable.

It was just one moment in a week overflowing with sights the former Western Carolina standout had never even imagined before he agreed to participate in the trip. [...]

"You experience your life in the U.S., and you come to a place like this, and it's completely different," said Martin, speaking last Friday from South Africa in an exclusive telephone interview with the Citizen-Times. "In the U.S., you have your rough places and your worst places. But there's no way to even compare the worst places over in the U.S. with the rough places over here."

That's got to be perfect timing on the trip: You sign a deal for $55.5 million, you get a slap in the face about the world around you and how much so many people need a little help. It'd be hard to find a better group to visit Africa with, too: Dikembe Mutombo, Emeka Okafor and Bruce Bowen were his journeymates.