Warriors fans go wild celebrating comeback playoff win
There was an audible rumble emitting from San Francisco’s waterfront Friday night as thousands of Golden State Warriors fans erupted with joy both inside the Chase Center and outside the arena in Thrive City as the team mounted a furious fourth quarter rally.
“Elation… elated. That was a great comeback win,” said Chris Merrill as fans celebrated the 126-117 win after a 19-point deficit in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
“I mean the Warriors heart right there… down 19, and they come back, unbelievable,” said Matt Ferrucci of San Francisco. “It felt like 2017.”
The official DJ for the Warriors D Sharp was Friday’s halftime performer. He’s been spinning for the team for nearly a decade, but it was his first time hyping up the crowd in this fashion. He turned the arena into a giant dance party.
“The energy matters, Dub Nation matters, we gold-blooded, we got to get the w’s every single time and you know what man – there’s always talk of Oracle versus Chase, Chase is here,” said D Sharp. “We love Oracle, and Oracle has a special place in my heart, but this lit too.”
Fueled by Steph Curry and Kevon Looney, the Warriors mounted one of the largest comebacks in the team’s history in the second half.
“When the going gets tough they come out on top,” said Chanel Gill of Newark.
“It’s all about the adjustments right, it was a hard time, and they got it done in the end. That’s all that matters,” said Sunny Kang of Turlock.
Warriors’ DJ D Sharp keeps the beat despite empty arenas
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — His name is Derrick Robinson. But thousands of Warriors fans know him as DJ D Sharp.
He’s been the Golden State’s team DJ for the last eight years. Now, he’s playing to a mostly empty arena, but that doesn’t stop him from thinking about his audience.
Setting vibes at Chase Center from warm-ups to in-game songs to get the players and fans hype. (Photo: Squint / IG @iamsquint)
There are few live events that compare to attending an NBA game. For one, seeing a pro basketball player up close makes you realize you didn’t know they made humans that big. Two, seeing players of that size do the things they do on the court shouldn’t be possible.
The game is the headliner, but throughout the night there are multiple supporting acts to keep the experience entertaining. We’re talking about the mascot, the jumbotron trivia, a fan heaving a half-court shot for cash, dancers, trampoline dunkers, the whole shebang.
Music is played intermittently during the game to keep the energy buzzing. Chants of “defense” or instrumental breakdowns while someone like Steph Curry breaks down a defender add some spice to the pasta. Then, there are the times when the team DJ takes center stage.
The job of an NBA DJ is to take the energy to the next level. DJ D Sharp, the official DJ of the Golden State Warriors, does this as well as anyone in the league.
I sat down with him to talk about how he got into DJing, his preparation process, meeting one of his musical idols, playing to empty arenas during the COVID-19 pandemic and whether or not NBA DJs get a championship ring.
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The Golden State Warriors DJ, D Sharp, enjoys his job and loves being one of the reasons the crowd is always so amped at Oracle Arena. We caught up with him to talk about how he got his start in the music business and what it’s like DJing for the Warriors’ raucous home crowd.