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  • Sam Presti says Kevin Durant's recovery going well, but not yet at a "weight-bearing stage"

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The Thunder has a new head coach for the first time in seven years. It has the 14th overall pick in next June’s draft. It has to deal with Enes Kanter’s impending restricted free agency. But Kevin Durant’s recovery from his latest foot surgery remains the most important storyline of...

  • Russell Westbrook talks Billy Donovan and his community award with NBA TV

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    During his appearance at the Draft Lottery in New York City, Russell Westbrook joined NBA TV’s GameTime show. It was the first time he’s spoken publicly since the firing of Scott Brooks and the hiring of Billy Donovan. Westbrook, donning a colorful shirt that looked like a bowl of fruity...

  • Russell Westbrook wins season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has won the season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award, The Oklahoman has learned. An official announcement will be made Tuesday night, with Westbrook being presented with the David Robinson Plaque from NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum at the NBA Draft Lottery...

  • Why would the Thunder re-sign Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler?

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    They’re the Thunder’s lone two free agents this summer, and they both have flaws sizable enough that some fans wouldn’t mind seeing them gone. Still, the Thunder has expressed its desire to re-sign Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler, both of whom will be restricted free agents on July 1. Kanter was a...

  • [UPDATE] Serge Ibaka responds to rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk callout

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Meet former Arizona swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s known for his length, energy, defense and athleticism. He’s a high flyer who is projected to be a first-round pick in next month’s NBA Draft. But before he’s even been drafted, Hollis-Jefferson already has his eyes set on someone he wants...

  • Thunder Chat Recap: The market for Perry Jones and Jeremy Lamb, NBA Draft and the assistant coach search

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    POWER LUNCH CHAT -- Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry answered a variety of questions on the Thunder, the NBA playoffs and the draft on Monday's Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap:

  • The Thunder's (slim) chance at the NBA Draft Lottery and who it should pick

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    NBA DRAFT LOTTERY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder has a 1.8 percent chance of landing a Top 3 pick in the NBA Draft. Stranger things have happened. With the NBA Draft Lottery coming up Tuesday, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel discuss who the Thunder should target with a potential Top 3 pick or the...

  • Marcus Smart voted to NBA All-Rookie Second Team

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart was one of 10 players to earn NBA All-Rookie honors for the 2014-15 season. The former Oklahoma State guard was voted to the All-Rookie Second Team, receiving the sixth-most voting points among first-year players (142 total points; 28 first-team votes, 86...

  • Report: Maurice Cheeks a possible Thunder assistant coach candidate

    staff reports | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    A former Oklahoma City Thunder assistant could be in the mix to return to the Thunder bench under Billy Donovan. Yahoo Sports sources are reporting that former Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks has emerged as a possible candidate for Donovan's staff. Yahoo Sports reported Sunday that former...

  • The best question teams are asking at the NBA Draft Combine

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

    It’s far from the zoo that is the NFL scouting combine, because it has far less silliness. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a level of absurdity being conducted at the NBA Draft Combine. With teams potentially about to make multimillion dollar investments, they want to know everything they...

  • Report: Thunder targeting fired Pelicans coach Monty Williams as assistant coach

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Recently fired New Orleans coach Monty Williams reportedly is among a select group of candidates Thunder coach Billy Donovan has targeted to join him on the bench in Oklahoma City. A Yahoo! Sports report said Williams was one of several “ambitious” former ex-NBA coaches that Donovan is attempting...

  • Thunder showed interest in point guards and shooters at the NBA Draft Combine

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Point guards and shooters garnered much of the Thunder’s attention in Chicago this week at the NBA Draft Combine as the team prepares for the June 25 draft. More than half of the team’s allotted one-on-one interviews were done with that group of players. Oklahoma City conducted individual...



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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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