Articles from The Oklahoman Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry
  • Houston mayor predicts Cougars will beat Sooners by at least two touchdowns

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Sylvester Turner is the mayor of Houston. He's also a graduate of the University of Houston. And he just provided some offseason bulletin board material for OU as the Sooners football team heads into its season opener against the Cougars on Sept. 3 at NRG Stadium in Houston. In a Q&A...

  • Thunder-Spurs: NBA rules officials missed five calls on final possession of Game 2

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    As expected, the NBA on Tuesday announced a litany of violations that went uncalled in the final two minutes of Monday night's 98-97 Thunder win at San Antonio, including five on the final possession. There were seven incorrect no-calls in the final two minutes, according the...

  • Video shows Spurs fan holding Steven Adams' arm on final play

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The final sequence of Game 2 between the Thunder and Spurs on Monday night had about 17 no-calls. Unofficially, of course. But while the basketball world talks about Dion Waiters getting away with using his forearm to create separation from Manu Ginobili on the Thunder's final inbounds play...

  • Thunder-Spurs: The Oklahoman's staff predictions

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The Thunder's second-round series against San Antonio gets underway with Game 1 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from the AT&T Center. It will be the most compelling matchup yet from these playoffs, and it might go down as the best series all postseason. Before the playoffs began, The...

  • Kevin Durant fires back at Mark Cuban as testy Thunder-Mavs series concludes

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    The five-game opening round series between the Thunder and Dallas Mavericks was much more compelling than a five-game series typically indicates. There were technical fouls, flagrant fouls, ejections and bold words from both sides. And dancing. In the end, Oklahoma City prevailed over a...

  • Report: Kevin Durant will not sign with Washington this summer

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    If Kevin Durant leaves the Thunder this summer, he won't be joining his hometown Washington Wizards, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical. Durant isn't bound for Washington, friends say, because … it's Washington, it's home, and, like so many athletes, Durant isn't all that keen on...

  • Report: Scott Brooks agrees to deal to become Washington coach

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    After a year away from the game, Scott Brooks will be back on the bench next season. The former Thunder coach has agreed to become the next head coach in Washington, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Scott Brooks has agreed to deal to become the Washington coach, league...

  • Thunder journal: Mitch McGary returns to Thunder practice; reason for his absence remains unknown

    By Anthony Slater and Darnell Mayberry Staff writers Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    After a mysterious two-week absence, second-year forward Mitch McGary returned to the Thunder on Monday night, showing up at the arena and sitting on the bench in street clothes.



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Darnell Mayberry


Sports Producer/NBA Coordinator

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.



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