Andre Drummond calls Nikola Pekovic ‘the strongest player’ he ever faced in the NBA

Feb 8, 2015; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) lays it in as Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) defends him during the fourth quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Timberwolves beat the Pistons 112-101. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Drummond called Nikola Pekovic ‘the strongest player’ he ever faced in the NBA.

Τhe center of the Cleveland Cavaliers admitted guarding Pekovic was one of the reasons that pushed him to improve.

“He’s by far the strongest human I played against in my life. He is a very very strong man. I hate playing them every time I saw them on the schedule.

Hated it. I knew he would move me around. I felt like a kid. He was just pushing me around. I’m fighting as hard as I can to stop him from backing me into the paint and I can’t stop him.

Yeah, he’s very very very strong. He’s the reason I started lifting harder. I can say that to this day, he is the reason why I started lifting weights more seriously,” Drummond told Zach Harper on SiriusXM NBA Radio.