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The NBA player that became a mobster after his basketball career

Don't mess with someone nicknamed 'The Godfather'.

When NBA players retire from their playing careers, they usually use the money they earned to invest in various businesses, go into television and become analysts, or simply take a breather and relax for the rest of their life. Then there's Nikola Pekovic; a former NBA player who allegedly took a turn in a different world after his basketball career.

The strongest player in the NBA?

Coming out of Montenegro, with his huge frame of 6'11'' and 300 lbs, Nikola Pekovic was a sight to see from day one. The big man would join the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010, two years after he got drafted. After a quiet rookie season, Nikola would adjust and start playing better year in and year out.

In the 2013-2014 season, Pekovic would reach his peak, averaging 17.5 and 8.7 rpg, while being labeled by many opponents as the strongest player in the NBA. Also, the scary look, tattoos, and massive build only added to his dominant presence.

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His great performance earned him a $60 million contract, but unfortunately for Nikola and the Wolves, everything would go downhill for him after his best season. Injuries would pile up, and Pekovic would appear in only 43 games over the next two seasons before ultimately retiring from basketball at 30 years old.

Change of career

The early retirement would leave a void in Pekovic's life, and he started hanging out with shady people in his home country. Even during his playing days, Nikola was rumored to be connected with some questionable people -- he was rightfully nicknamed "The Godfather."

But in retirement, Pekovic's association with those people only became more apparent. Nikola is a close friend and business partner with the notorious Saric brothers, some of the most infamous Montenegrian drug lords. Back in the day, the Belgrade police would even seize a car full of guns and drugs registered to Pekovic's name, despite Nikola not being there.

Although there is no clear evidence or proof that Nikola Pekovic is now a drug lord or mobster in his home country, there is no denying he is in some murky waters, closely connected with dangerous people in the business. Talk about a crazy turn of career and lifestyle.


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