Luka Doncic's Frightening Awakening: North Korea's Missile Scare in Okinawa

Published August 24, 2023 at 3:24 PM

Just days before the commencement of the FIBA World Cup, NBA stars and international basketball luminaries found themselves awakened by an emergency bomb alarm in the early hours of the morning. One of the most notable figures among these stars is Luka Doncic, the 4-time NBA All-Star, who is currently in Japan representing the Slovenian national team. He is joined by seven other national teams as they prepare for their opening matches scheduled for the upcoming week.

Following the alarming incident, the FIBA organizing committee issued a statement the morning after, addressing the situation, in which they said;

"Due to the launch of a satellite by North Korea, the Japanese Government sent two alarms via the J-Alert system on all cell phones in Okinawa early this morning. The first was sent at 3:54 am and the second at 4:07 am, clearing the alarm"

The "J-alert System" is regularly used in Japan to warn people to move to safety in the case of immediate dangers such as severe weather warnings and other events. Along with Luka Doncic several other NBA stars also faced the same awakening in the middle of the night as players such as Lauri Markkanen, Patty Mills and Dennis Schroder are also in Okinawa this week with their respective national teams.

Luka Speaks on Being Fearful

Speaking in a Slovenian Press Conference afterwards Doncic was asked about his time preparing in Japan and he responded with the following;

"Everything is great, except that i didn't sleep much last night because of the alarm. The alarm was something crazy. I just saw the missile was coming, so i was a little bit scared."

The full press conference featuring Luka Doncic can be seen on this youtube link.

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Luka Doncic's Frightening Awakening: North Korea's Missile Scare in Okinawa

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