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  • Serge Ibaka left off of Spanish National Team roster for European Championships

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Last week, it was Enes Kanter getting " snubbed " by his national team. This week, it's Serge Ibaka. The Thunder veteran was left off of Spain's 17-man preliminary roster, announced Tuesday, for the 2015 European Basketball Championships, with head coach Sergio Scariolo picking...

  • Report: Kendrick Perkins drawing interest from Rockets, Pelicans, Knicks

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is reportedly drawing interest from the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks in free agency, according to ESPN's Royce Young. Perkins was traded to the Utah Jazz this past season but was waived and acquired by the Cleveland...

  • Report: Thunder agrees to free agent deal with Michael Qualls

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder has reportedly agreed to a 1-year free agent deal with former Arkansas guard Michael Qualls, Real GM's Shams Charania reports. Qualls tore his ACL in predraft workouts and went undrafted. The Thunder is reportedly monitoring Qualls' rehab for tears in both...

  • What did Enes Kanter say and what did he mean?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By all accounts, Enes Kanter is talking with the Thunder today about a new contract. I wrote about Kanter for the Wednesday Oklahoman, and the factors that make it even more likely that he will remain in OKC. You can read that column here. The 23-year-old center has been in Turkey most of the...

  • Who was the final draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

      Trivia question: Who was the final draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics? And no, it’s not Russell Westbrook. Westbrook was Seattle’s first-round pick, a week or so before the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City. But Westbrook wasn’t even the Sonics’ final first-round pick. That honor went...

  • Death of former OKC Hornets forward Jackson Vroman another blow to Iowa State community

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The death of former New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets forward Jackson Vroman is yet another blow to an Iowa State athletics community that's had too many tragedies in the last decade plus. At least nine former ISU athletes and coaches have died since 2003. Randy Peterson of the Des Moines...

  • Report: Thunder, Enes Kanter plan Wednesday free agency meeting in Chicago

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Ever since trading for Enes Kanter at the deadline last February, the Thunder has maintained that its biggest offseason priority would be retaining him on the open market. As free agency nears, OKC seems to be serious about that proclamation. Real GM’s Shams Charainia is reporting that...

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook among NBA's top-selling jerseys in '14-15

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    They bowed out early this year, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were still among the NBA's most popular jerseys. Durant and Westbrook finished ranked 11th and 13th, respectively, in jersey sales on NBAStore.com in 2014-15. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry ranked No. 1....

  • Oddsmakers say Thunder guard Cameron Payne a longshot to win Rookie of the Year

    erik horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Bovada.lv released its odds for 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year, and newly-drafted Thunder guard Cameron Payne is a bit of a longshot. Payne is listed at 33-to-1 odds to win the award, a good bit away from odds leader Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers, who's the favorite at 7/2. Los...

  • Report: Kings probing John Calipari about coaching, front-office jobs

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings appear to be looking for a way out of George Karl. Yahoo Sports reports that the Kings have investigated whether they can fire the head coach with "cause" in the wake of his broken relationship with All-Star forward DeMarcus Cousins. Karl's potential replacement?...

  • Russell Westbrook has a new cologne that's 'fresh, yet different'

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Russell Westbrook's collaboration with Barneys has expanded into fragrances. Want to smell like "the brodie?" Byredo Westbrook is the Thunder guard's latest venture into fashion. According to GQ, Westbrook teamed up with athlete turned perfumer Ben Gorham to create a fragrance "layered with...

  • Former OKC Hornets player Jackson Vroman dies

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Former New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets forward Jackson Vroman died Monday at the age of 34. The 6-foot-10 Iowa State product was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls in 2004. He played in 41 games for the Hornets in 2005-06, his last...



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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 NewsOK.com'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.
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