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  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant shows up unexpectedly at the Orlando Summer League, says surgically-repaired foot is progressing on schedule

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Here was Kevin Durant, high volume scorer, arguably the world’s best player, walking around just like anyone else on the first day of the Orlando Pro Summer, walking around just fine after three surgeries to correct his problematic right foot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder summer league schedule

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder Summer League schedule   Saturday: Thunder vs. Charlotte, 2 p.m. Monday: Thunder vs. Orlando Blue, 2 p.m. Tuesday: Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 4 p.m. Thursday: Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 p.m. Friday: TBD.   *All times central.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Time for Mitch McGary to strut his stuff

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The day that Mitch McGary has looked forward to for weeks has finally come. And when the Thunder opens play in the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday afternoon, all eyes will be on him.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC re-signs Kyle Singler

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

         On the opening day of free agency, the Thunder swiftly accomplished one of the two things it set out to do this summer.      The team agreed to re-sign restricted free agent Kyle Singler, coming to terms with the reserve forward on a five-year deal worth...

  • Thunder, Kyle Singler agree to 5-year contract

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NBA FREE AGENCY - Deal will pay 6-foot-9 veteran forward close nearly $25 million

  • Thunder, Kyle Singler agree to 5-year contract

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NBA FREE AGENCY - Deal will pay 6-foot-9 veteran forward nearly $25 million

  • NBA: Brace yourself for an unpredictable free agency period

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Welcome to 2015 NBA free agency, a period most anticipate will be a crazed summer of league-wide spending. It’s the trickle down from the record nine-year, $24 billion television rights deal the league signed in October. As a result of that agreement, the NBA salary cap is projected to skyrocket...

  • OKC Thunder: Luke Ridnour, cash sent to Toronto for $2.85 million trade exception

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -- Oklahoma City has sent the contract of Luke Ridnour and cash to Toronto in exchange for a $2.85 million trade exception and the rights to Tomislav Zubcic, a Croatian player not likely to ever end up in Oklahoma City.



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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.



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