Articles from The Oklahoman Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry
  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mavericks PA announcer takes shot at Oklahoma City

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Tempers flared on the court between the Thunder and Mavericks on Wednesday  night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena when Russell Westbrook and J.J. Barea got into two dust-ups. But just before the Thunder put a bow on its dominant victory against a shorthanded Dallas squad resting its entire...

  • Video: Kevin Durant's newest commercial

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Panini America and Kevin Durant have agreed to a long-term, exclusive business partnership, the company announced Monday. Under the agreement, Durant will become a global spokesman for the sports and entertainment collectibles company. Durant has endorsed Panini America for the past five...

  • Oklahoma State football: Emmanuel Ogbah signs with super agent Drew Rosenhaus

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Emmanuel Ogbah is about to get paid. For real! After leading the Big 12 in sacks this season, the Oklahoma State junior defensive end declared for the 2016 NFL Draft, in which he is projected as a late first or early second round pick. But on Friday, Ogbah might have taken a huge step...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The NBA's top five Euro steps

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    It's a move designed to smoothly evade a sleeping defender. You take a hard step to the left or right then sidestep a stationary defender with a quick step in the opposite direction. It's known as the Euro step. Basketball players at all levels often use the quick maneuver to sliver through...

  • What they're saying about the OU-Kansas classic

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Anyone who watched Kansas outlast Oklahoma for a 109-106 triple overtime victory Monday night is still talking about the game today. It was that good. Many have even deemed it the best basketball game they've ever seen. Hyperbole? Prisoners of the moment? Not this time....

  • OU basketball: Sooners tickets going fast after Big Monday classic

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    The battle that was billed as No. 1 vs. No. 1 lived up to the hype Monday night, as Oklahoma and Kansas assembled a triple overtime thriller that went down as an instant classic. The Jayhawks prevailed 109-106. But Sooners star Buddy Hield stole the show with a career-high 46 points,...

  • Oklahoma State football: Seth Jacobs walking away from football due to chronic injuries

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Oklahoma State redshirt junior linebacker Seth Jacobs has decided to forego a fifth year of eligibility and pursue other opportunities away from football, he announced Monday morning. Mounting injuries, including chronic shoulder and neck ailments, led to Jacobs' decision. "I am...

  • Kevin Durant to miss Sacramento game with sprained toe

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 4, 2016

    Kevin Durant will not be available tonight when the Thunder hosts Sacramento. Durant will miss the game with a sprained right big toe, the team announced Monday morning. Kevin Durant is out tonight with a sprained right big toe. Did it in second quarter vs Hornets. — Anthony Slater...



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Darnell Mayberry


Assist Editor/ 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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