Pekovic is a 6-11, 290-pound cinder block with 11 percent body fat and hands as thick as a Christmas ham. He has large tattoos of medieval warriors holding swords on his left biceps and calf. He can bench press 360 pounds, squat a dump truck and snap you like kindling, if the mood strikes him. His voice is Barry White deep and made even more intimidating by his Eastern Bloc accent. The theme music from "The Godfather" plays on the scoreboard after he scores, and he looks like a guy who could, you know, take care of certain things.
At least that's his on-court persona.
"Sometimes people get the wrong impression about me," he said. "I'm just a normal guy."
His teammates attest to that.
"Pek is a big teddy bear," forward Anthony Tolliver said.
Pek, a teddy bear?