Bad Timing, Big Pek

Naturally, less than 24 hours after drafting and redrafting a post praising the recent play – and overall – play of Timberwolves center, Nikola Pekovic, the 290+ pound Montenegrin left Monday’s game ailing to an injured achilles tendon. Pek will see a doctor today and you’ll probably find myself, John, or Billy talking about it later, either on the show tonight, or over the Twitter Waves.


Pekovic has started every game for the Wolves this season. This may change if the big fella isn’t to play in tomorrow’s matchup – at home – with the New Orleans Pelicans.

After some mild consideration to alter the piece entirely, “Nikola Pekovic: Large Man, Large Contract, Large Impact on Wolves Success,” posted as scheduled, and unchanged, at Hickory-High this morning.  You can read it by clicking here.

Not only was the timing bad for the aforementioned Shameless Plug.

The Wolves Public Relations Department, as well as the entire Digital Media Team, took on another challenge only shortly after igniting the push to appoint Kevin Love as the PF for the Western Conference in the upcoming All-Star Game. An album titled, “The Bruise Brothers’ “All-Star Edition” released on vinyl yesterday. It has Side 42 and Side 14, and the compilations were sent to NBA coaches last weekend in a shrink-wrapped record with limited-edition poster. It included a letter from Frip Saunders, the “Bruise Brothers All-Star Edition Executive Producer.” It included this quote.

Dear Coach,

With chart-topping hits such as “30/15 Vision”, “It Happened At Shootaround”, “Be My Screen”, “Endless Love”, and “Should I Three or Should I Post”, Wolves forward Kevin Love and center Nikola Pekovic are fast-becoming the best male chart-topping duo since the likes of England Dan and John Ford Coley, Seals and Crofts, and Hall and Oates.

Ok, so, all kidding aside, it is nearly difficult to ignore what kind of season each of these two big men are compiling here in Minnesota. The two have combined to have more 20/10 games, more double-doubles, and more second-chance points than any other duo in the NBA this season.

The fans of the NBA have already spoken and voted Kevin Love into the game as a starter. What is happening without much fanfare, though, is the emergence of Nikola Pekovic as one of the top centers in the NBA. Under the former all-star voting format, it would be hard to ignore Pekovic as one of the Western Conference reserves at center. He LEADS THE LEAGUE in second-chance scoring and points in the paint. Over his last 25 games, he is averaging 20.7 points per game, which ranks second among centers in the NBA.

If you truly want the best players in the Western Conference represented in New Orleans, I hope you’ll consider voting for Nikola Pekovic.

Bruise Brothers All-Star Edition Executive Producer,

Flip Saunders


Read more about the the Blue’s Brother record from Andy GrederJon Krawczynski and Sean Highkin.



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