Shaquille O’Neal, also known as “DJ Diesel” during this weekend’s event in San Francisco, expressed his confidence and anticipates Golden State Warriors’ potential to secure their 8th NBA championship title in the 2023-24 season.
The NBA Hall of Famer, now a DJ, energized the crowd at Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park on Saturday with his optimistic prediction for the Warriors.
“This is a song y’all gonna be singing at the end of this year.”
Did Shaq just predict a Warriors championship? 🤔
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— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) August 12, 2023
As Queen’s “We Are The Champions” played through the festival speakers, O’Neal addressed the crowd, saying, “This is a song you’ll all be singing by the end of this year.” Additionally, Warriors guard Gary Payton II joined O’Neal on stage during his performance.
In his music festival era!
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) August 12, 2023
O’Neal’s reference to “the end of this year” did not explicitly mention the Warriors, leaving room for interpretation. It’s worth noting that the timing could refer to December, which wouldn’t necessarily be the midpoint of the Warriors’ season. It’s possible he could be alluding to other local teams like the Giants or the 49ers.
Heading into the 2023-24 NBA season, the Warriors have bolstered their roster with notable signings that could contribute to their pursuit of an 8th NBA championship. New additions include Cris Paul, Trayce Jackson, Cory Joseph, Dario Saric, and the impressive Brandin Podziemski.
Mark your calendars for the Warriors’ first NBA game, set to take place on October 24th, 2023, against the Suns in the evening.