The Nikola Pekovic file

  • Updated: February 13, 2012 - 7:11 AM

Age: 26

Size: 6-11, 290 pounds

Hometown: Bijelo Polje, Montenegro

Favorite movies: "Gladiator," "Braveheart," "The Godfather."

Weight room warrior: Pekovic loves lifting weights. He usually bench presses around 330 pounds during the season but gets up to 360 in the offseason. "His mentality when it comes to training is, 'Let's get after it,' " Wolves strength and conditioning coach Keke Lyles said. "He'll always lift on off days. I'm like, 'Pek, we're playing four times in five nights. You have an off day. You've been playing 30 minutes a night. Take a day off.' But he always wants to get in, almost to a fault. I think he's unique in the sense of how consistent he is."

Thinking of home: Pekovic has a tattoo on his back and shoulders depicting the Ostrog Monastery in Montenegro, which was built on the side of a mountain cliff in the 17th century and dedicated to St. Basil of Ostrog. It's a popular pilgrimage destination for followers of different faiths. "For us, it's a special place," he said.

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