Tuesday, October 30th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  12 responses

Nikola Pekovic to Yell at Teammates if They Don’t Pass Him the Ball

Nikola Pekovic is a man of few words, which doesn’t make him any less terrifying. This season, he’s preparing to be much more vocal, and start demanding the ball. Per the Pioneer Press: “You don’t want him to get mad at you,’ Wolves guard J.J. Barea said. ‘Every time you see him in the paint and he’s open, you have to get it to him.’ The Wolves have told the soft-spoken Pekovic to be more vocal on the floor this season in demanding the ball. As the team’s most physically imposing player, Pekovic is taking on a more assertive role in the middle, especially with power forward Kevin Love out until at least mid-December because of a broken right hand. Love’s absence puts most of the Wolves’ inside load squarely on Pekovic’s muscular shoulders. ‘The guys are smart enough to see me if I’m in good position,’ Pekovic said. ‘They will pass me the ball, but sometimes if they don’t see me and I’m open, I might yell or something.’ [...] Pekovic speaks English well enough to get his point across, but the third-year NBA player understands that he will have to do more than just raise his arm when he’s open in the lane. ‘I know they’re expecting a little more from me with Kevin out,’ Pekovic said. ‘Everybody is pushing to do more. I will try to do my best. Every day I am working on new things and trying new moves.’”

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  • Max

    Teammate grade went down, excessive call for ball.

  • Max

    Teammate grade went down, excessive call for ball.

  • Mike From Spain

    You don’t mess with a 290 lbs mass of pure muscle and facial hair with a tattoo picturing a crusader atop a pile of skulls. At least not if you value your dear life. PEEEEEEEEEKKKKK!

  • spit hot fiyah

    i hope they conspire to not pass him the ball, i want as many clips as possible this season of pekovic yelling at his teamates

  • http://www.facebook.com/zer02hero15 James Franco Guerta

    In Nba 2k13 my player is in the Wolves and he is my 2nd best scorer..ahah..who knows he can do that IRL.

  • hmm

    you should yell at yourself and kevin love for not playing defense instead of asking for the ball more, this is why the wolves always end up in the lottery all their players care about are stats

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    Big co-sign. This dude is a mo-hawk haircut away from being Zangief from Street Fighter!

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    LOL Zangief!

  • theDankerNuggets

    I thought he said “they’re expecting a little more Kevin out of me” as in KG

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    This man is no joke. I expect good things from pek

  • LakeShow

    I love you right now. No homo.

  • haslem

    If you actually read the article you’d realize he’s an incredibly unselfish player and his coaches and teammates are trying to push him to be more assertive in the paint