Articles from The Oklahoman Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry
  • Dirk Nowitzki listed as day-to-day with knee bruise

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters on Tuesday that forward Dirk Nowitzki is day-to-day due to a bone bruise in his right knee, according to the Dallas Morning News. The injury, according to Carlisle, occurred in the Mavs' Game 2 win Monday night in Oklahoma City. "This...

  • Kevin Durant's mother: "He's loyal to the Thunder"

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Wanda Pratt, the mother of Thunder star Kevin Durant, visited NBC4 in Washington on Tuesday morning and was asked about Durant's upcoming free agency, according to CSN Mid-Atlantic. "I don't know what his ultimate decision will be," Pratt is quoted as saying. Durant will become an...

  • Russell Westbrook named one of 13 most stylish men in the world

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Apr 18, 2016

    Russell Westbrook continues to get recognized for his fashion. GQ listed the Thunder point guard as one of the 13 most fashionable men in the world right now. You can read the entire list and feature here. Westbrook earned the title of "The Sartorial Daredevil." "Yeah, the clothes...

  • NBA approves sale of jersey sponsorships beginning in 2017-18 season

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Apr 15, 2016

    The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of jersey sponsorships, beginning with the 2017-18 season, as part of a three-year pilot program.  The sponsorship patch will appear on the front left of the game jerseys opposite the Nike logo.  Patches will measure approximately 2.5 inches...

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What's at the heart of this growing Reggie Jackson, Russell Westbrook spat?

    Anthony Slater,darnell mayberry,Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    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 the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your...

  • Mavericks forward David Lee questionable for Game 1 against Thunder

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Two days before taking on the Thunder in the first round of the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks are dealing with a pair of injuries. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle announced Thursday that reserve forward David Lee is questionable "at best" for Game 1 on Saturday because of a right foot injury,...

  • Thunder resting Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka at San Antonio

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Apr 12, 2016

    With nothing left to play for as it enters Tuesday night's regular season finale, the Thunder will rest stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka at San Antonio. The trio didn't make the trip to San Antonio and instead remained in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City is locked into the...

  • Kendrick Perkins speaks out on Kevin Durant's impending free agency

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Apr 6, 2016

    As we inch closer to July 1, anybody who is anybody with a past or present relationship with Kevin Durant is starting to get asked about the Thunder star's intentions in free agency. On Wednesday, it was former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins' turn. Perkins, now with New Orleans, to...



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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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