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Even Fanless Arenas Can’t Stop NBA DJs’ Music

When Steph Curry rainbowed in a 27-footer late in the fourth quarter of a recent game against the Blazers, Derrick Robinson—otherwise known as DJ D-SHARP—knew exactly what song to play to honor Curry’s 62-point night. In the middle of the prerecorded “Warriors’’ chants that filled the empty Chase Center, Robinson stood alone at his station and pressed play on an edit of A$AP Ferg’s “New Level,” which includes the line: “Steph Curry on a new level. ” Robinson has played that song during Curry outbursts before, and he’s got a whole rotation of uptempo tracks for when Curry nails a 3. But this season, he’s playing them to a largely vacant gym. There’s no audience, no sold-out crowd to hype up, and no immediate feedback for Robinson as he attempts to do the job that’s gotten him three championship rings. “It’s a little weird, I can’t lie,” Robinson said over the phone recently.

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