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  • Thunder make two appearances on's favorite NBA moments of 2014

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder appears twice on's 10 favorite NBA moments of 2014. One appearance is good. The other is in defeat. First the good. Kevin Durant's moving MVP speech from May is on the list. From's Rob Mahoney: "Durant’s speech came to be a fair extension of the man...

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant misses practice, status unknown vs. Blazers

    staff reports | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant did not practice on Monday and his status is still in doubt for Oklahoma City's home game against Portland on Tuesday. Durant has missed the Thunder's last two games with an ankle sprain. Oklahoma City has gone 1-1 in those contests, beating the Lakers on the road...

  • Pistons waive forward Josh Smith

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Detroit Pistons announced the release of veteran forward Josh Smith Monday morning. The 6-foot-9 Smith averaged 13.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists while shooting 39.1 percent from the field this season. Smith joined the Pistons as a free agent in July of 2013 from the Atlanta Hawks.

  • VIDEO: 9-year-old LeBron James Jr. can ball like his dad

    Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree in the LeBron James family. James' son, LeBron James Jr., apparently has game, too. The 9-year-old goes off in this video from the Ronald Searles Holiday Classic, showing off his dad's penchant for finding teammates, ambidextrous handle and barrelling...

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    What do you want the Thunder to get for Christmas? Tell Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in here.

  • Who can stop the Russell Westbrook madness?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Dec 22, 2014

    The Russell Westbrook enabling continues. Scotty Brooks wanted to talk defense. Russell Westbrook melted down again Sunday night, and Brooks wanted to talk defense. You can’t blame Foreman Scotty. The Thunder defense was awful most of the game. The Thunder had given up 99 points through 44...

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Dec 21, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder returns home from its West Coast trip to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • VIDEO: Nick Young calls Steven Adams a 'sneaky dirty' player after on-court altercation

    Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    With more than 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter on Friday night, Steven Adams squared to set a pindown screen for Jeremy Lamb. But as he initiated contact on Nick Young — Lamb’s defender — Adams looked to be holding Young up with his right hand. “I just set a screen,” Adams said. “They […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Lakers

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    No Kevin Durant, but the Thunder still has a marquee matchup against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant will not play against Lakers, remains day-to-day

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Kevin Durant left Oracle Arena on Thursday night with only a slight limp, telling media members postgame he hoped to play against the Lakers the next night. But after some reevaluation Friday morning, the team decided against it. Durant's sprained ankle will force him to miss tonight's game...

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins says Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins told Yahoo Sports Friday that former teammate Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston. Rondo, who was teammates with Perkins with the Celtics from 2006 to 2010, was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, shifting even more point guard talent to the...

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    What's the latest on Kevin Durant? Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater checks in from the West Coast road trip to answer your questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

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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.