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  • Kevin Durant ESPN poll: 43 percent of US says 'slim chance' KD plays for Wizards

    Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    In a SportsNation poll, ESPN asked "What are the chances Kevin Durant plays for the Wizards during his prime?" Forty-three percent say "slim chance," 33 percent said there's a "good chance," and 24 percent said "no chance." The Durant's future talk was ignited again on Tuesday when the...

  • Kevin Durant is the last star standing for Team USA

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    The star power is fading from Team USA this summer. First it was Russell Westbrook. Then Blake Griffin. Then Kevin Love. Griffin, the former OU dunk machine, decided to withdraw from Team USA duties last week, citing that he wanted to get ready for the upcoming season. Reports surfaced Monday...

  • Kevin Durant on 2016: ‘Who knows what will happen’

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Kevin Durant told reporters at Team USA Basketball camp on Tuesday that he loves it in Oklahoma City, but doesn’t know what will happen when free agency hits in 2016. “I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant said. It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years...

  • LA swap: Lakers, not Clippers, suddenly have ownership problem

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 23 hr ago

    A judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling can sell the Los Angeles Clippers, presumably to Steve Ballmer, but no matter, whoever ends up owning the Clips will be a big improvement over Donald Sterling. Meanwhile, Jerry Buss is still dead. Which means the seismic shift of Los Angeles basketball...

  • Four Thunder games on NBA's 'Top Games of the Year' ballot

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    There's no way you can say the Oklahoma City Thunder had a boring season. The NBA confirms it in its nominees for the top games of the 2013-14 season. Four of the 10 nominees had the Thunder involved. Here are the Thunder-related games nominated. You can vote for the Game of the Year here :...

  • Kevin Durant reflects on bittersweet season in interview

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Bittersweet might be the best way to describe the 2013-14 season for Kevin Durant. Durant won his first MVP and fought through the absence of Russell Westbrook for much of the season to lead the Thunder to another deep playoff run. At the same time, the Thunder again fell short of an NBA...

  • What would the Thunder look like if all Oklahoma City’s stars came home like LeBron James?

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    An interesting exercise started when Elite Daily’s Joseph Millord presented a blog answering what every NBA team would look like if the stars from that NBA city went home like LeBron James. The premise is intriguing. What if Chicago natives played for the Bulls? Dallas natives for the...

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back from Big 12 Media Days, chatting OU, OSU and Thunder from H&H Shooting Sports. Get your questions in and Berry will be on at 11 with answers.

  • Justin Bieber and Kevin Durant share brunch

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    The Baddest, meet the Bieber. Kevin Durant was photographed with pop star, Justin Bieber, which Biebs posted to his Instagram on Tuesday. Bieber is wearing a New Jersey Nets hat, while Durant keeps it neutral in his "The Baddest" Nike line. "Brunch @easymoneysniper" is all Bieber puts on his...

  • Thunder chat: Darnell Mayberry talks Kevin Durant-to-DC rumors, Grant Long and free agency

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry was on the Power Lunch chat, answering your questions on Kevin Durant in 2016 rumors, Grant Long and what skills Westbrook, Durant, Jackson and Ibaka need to add in the offseason. Here's the full transcript:

  • Gary Williams thinks Kevin Durant will settle down in Washington D.C. area one day

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Let the Kevin Durant-to-D.C. speculation continue. It'll be a constant stream over the next two seasons as Durant approaches free agency in 2016. Last week on ESPN 980, former University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams said he'd be shocked if Durant doesn't live in the Washington D.C....

  • Russell Westbrook debuts his Barneys New York clothing line

    Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Russell Westbrook's XO Barneys New York line officially hit the rack on Thursday. It's very Westbrook. From Barneys: "NBA Star Russell Westbrook is known for his style on and off the court. Now, in collaboration with some of our most iconic menswear brands, he's making his formal entry into the...

  • Thunder-Sonics title tag: Designer says it won't happen; Thunder quiet; your votes

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    On Wednesday, there was a healthy discussion about whether or not the Thunder should recognize the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 title on its jersey for the 2014-15 season should the league’s proposed “gold mark” idea go through. The response fell somewhere between “rabidly opposed” to a...

  • Thunder guard Russell Westbrook wins Best Comeback Athlete award at ESPYs

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was named the Best Comeback Athlete of the year at the ESPY Awards, aired Wednesday night. Westbrook returned from three knee surgeries in less than a year to lead the Thunder to the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Westbrook became...

  • Kevin Durant says he 'can't afford' $1.4 million car

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Kevin Durant can certainly afford any car he wants, but he has his limits. At a club in Los Angeles, the Thunder star got into his Range Rover but said he couldn't afford the $1.4 million Pagani parked in front of him. Too rich for KD? Nah.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back! Join him to talk preseason football, NBA offseason and Thunder free agency on the Power Lunch chat -- live from H&H Shooting Sports -- at 11 a.m.

  • OKC Thunder: Meet Greek big man Sofoklis Schortsanitis, a short-tempered Baby Shaq

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    In the past, the draft-and-stash method has been good to the Thunder, with Serge Ibaka coming over from Spain in 2009 and transforming into one of the franchise’s long-term cornerstones. And it’s something that’ll likely benefit OKC in the future, with both Tibor Pleiss and Alex...

  • VOTE: Should the Thunder recognize the Seattle SuperSonics' NBA championship on its jersey?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The NBA is tweaking it jerseys next season to reflect titles won in a franchise’s history. A gold tag on the center of the collar on the back of each jersey will represent a title-winning team. If a franchise has won multiple titles, it’s indicated on the tag (ex. the Detroit Pistons have...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder announces signing of Anthony Morrow

    anthony slater | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Some much-needed sharpshooting has officially arrived in Oklahoma City. The Thunder finally announced the expected signing of Anthony Morrow on Wednesday afternoon, a deal that is worth $10 million over three years, with the final season nonguaranteed. Morrow is a career 43 percent 3-point...

  • OKC Thunder: Here's Kevin Durant on the cover of NBA2K15

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Earlier this year, Kevin Durant was announced as the face of NBA2K15 -- the popular basketball video game series by 2KSports. The news happened to fall on the same day as his league MVP announcement . On Tuesday, the star unveiled the cover of the game, set for release on Oct. 7. on multiple...

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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.