Former Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic reportedly is battling COVID-19, though there have been conflicting reports about his condition.
It was originally reported by Serbian website Telegraf that Pekovic is hospitalized in serious condition, with a respirator helping fight inflammation in both lungs. However, the website has since removed details about the severity of his condition.
That could be the result of its report being challenged by another Serbian media outlet, Blic, which says it spoke to Pekovic's family who say the 34-year-old is not on a respirator and is in stable condition. Here's a translation to English of the report:
"After the news that the former basketball player of Partizan and the Montenegrin national team Nikola Pekovic is in a difficult condition due to the consequences of the corona virus and that he is fighting for his life resounded like a bomb today, Pekovic's family called "Blic" and pointed out that Pekovic is in stable condition in Podgorica. hospitals, where doctors are vigilantly monitoring his condition."
Pekovic played six seasons for the Timberwolves (2010-16) before his career ended prior to the 2017 season due to injuries. Pekovic averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game during his NBA career, and was at his best in 2013-14 when he averaged 17.5 points and 8.7 rebounds.