Articles from The Oklahoman Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry
  • Happy birthday wishes pour in for Kevin Durant

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Today is Kevin Durant's 27th birthday, and the internet world went out of its way to wish the Thunder star a happy birthday. While a who's who of celebrities, companies and corporations weighed in, Durant's teammates sang him happy birthday following the first day of training camp Tuesday....

  • Tulsa Washington product, Kansas State safety Dante Barnett likely to miss Saturday's game against OSU

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Already a growing underdog going into its Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State on Saturday, Kansas State is now expected to be without safety Dante Barnett against the Cowboys. Bill Snyder says injured SS Dante Barnett "in all likelihood" will not play at Oklahoma State — Ken Corbitt (@KenCorbitt)...

  • Former Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill shining at West Alabama

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Tyreek Hill is off to a fast start in his new home at West Alabama. The former Oklahoma State standout returned two more kickoffs for touchdowns this weekend to help the Tigers improve to 4-0 after a 31-22 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville. Hill scored on kickoff returns of 74 and 78 yards....

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Team announces training camp roster, addition of 3 players

    By Darnell Mayberry and Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    The additions of Stone, Wells and Zanna extends the Thunder roster to 18 players for preseason camp. Not included on the roster is 2015 second-round draft pick Dakari Johnson, who will play for the Blue this season.

  • NBA TV to report live from Thunder media day

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Thunder media day is Monday, and we'll have full coverage right here on and in Tuesday's paper. But NBA TV also will be in town to provide live reports on the Thunder. Oklahoma City will be among seven teams featured on the network during Monday's media days, as NBA TV offers...

  • NBA: How a two-year relationship with the Hornets showed the country that OKC was indeed a big-league city

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    In just days, the people of Oklahoma transitioned from an incredulous bunch whose laps the NBA had fallen into to a rabid and raucous fan base that would soon be known throughout the league as the best around.

  • Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks reflects on the life of friend and former teammate Moses Malone

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Maurice Cheeks couldn't stop his voice from quivering and couldn't fight the tears from flowing. He was heartbroken. Moses Malone, his friend and former teammate, had been found dead hours earlier in a Norfolk, Va. hotel room Sunday morning. While much of the basketball world remembered Malone...

  • OKC Thunder: How Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant learned to coexist

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    They chose to stick together, and ever since that December night they’ve upheld a partnership many deem impossible to maintain — two alpha males playing for the same team, working toward the same goal.


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.

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