Benjamin Polk writes for A Wolf Among Wolves and Dying on the Outside. He lives in Minneapolis.
Nikola Pekovic is a working man who happens to have a bruising, difficult job. He is also a hooded warrior who wants your skulls. Both of those things. This is what makes him great. It's complicated.
Soul is difficult to explain and easy to recognize, and the NBA has always had a lot of it. But the where, how, and who of NBA soul presents a more complicated series of questions.
No, Ricky Rubio is not "there" yet. But in his better moments, the Timberwolves rookie has shown a generosity, boldness and joy of performance that makes him able not only to change games, but exalt them.