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About the size of his contract with Napoli, Lokar would only say, "It would be the equivalent of NBA money for a second-round draft pick if you allow for the fact that we play only 30 games a year." Still, it amounts to several hundred thousand dollars.
"We know the money can create problems," Lokar said. The intense eyes went dreamy again. "Lara and I have talked about it a lot. Prayed for guidance." The smile flashed. "You know, a family that prays together stays together. I once saw that written on a wall in the Bronx.
"We will set up a charity for people who need help. For the people who've been bombed in Slovenia. We'll just keep what we need to live. And for the baby's future. One thing is for sure—I'll never drive a BMW."
Lara gave birth to a healthy daughter, Alice, at the end of July. Andrea came back safely from Slovenia, and yes, he has written a book about his experiences.
As of October, Yugoslavia had withdrawn most of its troops from Slovenia but had not recognized its independence.
Lokar is playing well these days. He drives a small black Mazda—madly, so as to make himself indistinguishable from everyone else in Naples.
For someone as deeply spiritual as Lokar, basketball is, at best, a transitory pleasure. What he does after life on the hardwood will be more significant. What will that be?
"If I told you," he says, "you'd think I was crazy."
He is promised that will not happen.
"Well, the truth is, I'd like to try to live like a saint."