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  • WATCH: Billy Donovan's Florida farewell press conference

    staff reports | Updated: 35 min ago

    Billy Donovan goes back to Gainesville to talk to the media after being hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder. Watch the press conference here.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: 48 min ago

    Join Thunder writer Anthony Slater for some Thunder talk, a deeper dive into the Billy Donovan hire and more on the NBA Playoffs on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Jack Ramsay's advice for college coaches jumping to the NBA

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Jack Ramsay is one of the few success stories among college coaches who jumped to the NBA. Ramsay, who died a year ago at age 89, spent 11 years coaching Saint Joseph’s, then resigned in 1966 due to medical reasons. He went across town and became general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers. One...

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan heading back to Florida for farewell press conference

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Brace yourselves, Thunder fans — Billy Donovan is heading back to Florida. But only for a couple days. The new Thunder coach — who was once the Orlando Magic coach for a day before bolting back to Gainesville — showed up in Oklahoma City to much fanfare on Friday afternoon. He met the press...

  • David Thorpe says Billy Donovan is going to be a lot like Scott Brooks

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Lots of opinions about the Thunder hire of Billy Donovan. But my favorite NBA analyst is David Thorpe, a former coach who now works with players individually — he’s worked with Serge Ibaka — and is a regular contributor to truehoop blog. Thorpe talked about Donovan in an interview with Henry...

  • VIDEO: Billy Donovan's introductory Thunder press conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.

  • Similarities abound between Billy Donovan and Barry Switzer

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan and Bob Stoops go way back. Both arrived at the University of Florida in 1996, Donovan as head basketball coach, Stoops as Steve Spurrier’s defensive coordinator. Stoops stayed three years at Florida before becoming OU’s head coach and restoring Sooner glory. Donovan stayed 19 years...

  • Chat Recap: Where does Billy Donovan rank among NBA coaches? Darnell Mayberry explains

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Before Billy Donovan was introduced Friday, Darnell Mayberry answered your Thunder and NBA related questions on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap.

  • Kevin Durant talks about new Thunder coach Billy Donovan

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Kevin Durant on Thursday expressed excitement about the hiring of Billy Donovan as Thunder coach, saying he can’t wait to get started with Donovan. Here’s a full transcript of what Durant said about Donovan. Q: What was your reaction when you heard the news? A: I was excited. When you don’t have...

  • What does Sam Presti really mean when he talks about Billy Donovan?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Thunder has a coach. Billy Donovan is the man, unless he backs out and goes back to the University of Florida, like he did eight years ago, five days after taking the Orlando Magic job. I assume that won’t happen again. I assume Donovan and Sam Presti have had that talk. The Donovan press […]

  • VIDEO: Florida creates classy Billy Donovan tribute

    Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Billy Donovan is the new coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, a move the University of Florida saw coming, as it released a video tribute on Thursday via The 1-minute, 50-second video is pure class, and pays homage to Donovan's impact throughout his 19 years in Gainesville....

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Will the Thunder coaching search end with Billy Donovan? If so, why did the Thunder go after the Florida head coach? Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. from H&H Shooting Sports.

Thunder Rumblings Bloggers

Darnell Mayberry

OKC Thunder Senior Reporter

Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in 2004.

Mayberry joined The Oklahoman’s sports staff in 2005 after a year at the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered the University of Akron men’s basketball team, high schools and recruiting. Since arriving at The Oklahoman, Mayberry has become the leading authority on the NBA as the only traveling media member and the only reporter to cover every NBA game ever played in Oklahoma City.

He served as the paper’s beat writer on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-07, broke the news of the Seattle SuperSonics’ settlement negotiations with the City of Seattle in the summer of 2008, a development that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma, and has covered the Thunder since the franchise’s inception.

Mayberry and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2010 and live in Oklahoma City.

Anthony Slater

Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. He's a hoops fanatic and, this past season, served as a key contributor to The Oklahoman's NBA coverage, consistently blogging about the Thunder and attending nearly every home game.