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  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should Sam Presti do this offseason?

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you...

  • Heat, Thunder among early betting favorites for 2015 NBA championship

    Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Even though they were routed in the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are the favorites for the NBA title according to online sportsbook Bovada. With 7-to-2 odds, the Heat is listed as the favorite for the title in 2015, with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs each getting 6-1 odds. The...

  • Kevin Durant says system helps Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Kawhi Leonard is fresh off an NBA Finals MVP performance with the San Antonio Spurs, but the Spurs do-everything forward still has some doubters. Kevin Durant said via Twitter that Leonard is "doing work like this because of the system." In a conversation with Twitter user @TigeeDwayne, Durant...

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The NBA offseason is officially here. What does the Thunder need to do to catch up to the Spurs? Anthony Slater will be on at 11 a.m. talking OKC offseason and the NBA Finals wrap-up. Join the conversation.

  • Vote for Steven Adams in NBA's Social Media Awards

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is a nominee for an NBA Social Media Award in the LOL (laugh out loud) category. Adams, the 20-year-old Thunder rookie who’s known for his funny Tweets and entertaining interviews (oh, and he’s a pretty good player), is nominated for a tweet he sent...

  • What will make a successful summer for the Oklahoma City Thunder?

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    I took to Twitter on Thursday, as I frequently tend to do, and posed a question to Thunder fans. It was simple but perhaps significant. Shumpert or C.J. Miles? Who would you prefer on the Thunder next year? Iman Shumpert won in a landslide, garnering 43 of 54 votes by the time I closed my […]

  • Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown among those who have worked out for Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    With a pair of late first round picks in the June 26th draft, the Thunder is doing its due diligence of late, working out several potential prospects. And among those to perform in front of the OKC brass was former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, a source told The Oklahoman. The...

  • Russell Westbrook teaming up with Barneys New York for clothing line

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The style portfolio of Russell Westbrook is ever expanding. Westbrook has teammed up with Barneys New York on a sportswear and accessory collection — Westbrook XO Barneys New York (short for Westbrook Exclusively Ours Barneys New York) — set for release in July. Introducing the Westbrook XO...

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Berry Tramel is live on the Power Lunch chat, talking Thunder offseason, the U.S. Open, and more. Questions and comments? Get them in now and join Berry at 11 a.m.

  • Who are 13 players Sam Presti and the Thunder could target with their trade exception?

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The Thunder has a trade exception that expires one month from today, which means that over the next 30 days general manager Sam Presti probably will be glued to the phones, picking the brains of opposing GMs to see exactly what’s out there. Oklahoma City acquired a $6.6 million trade exception...

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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.