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  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Cavaliers

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Kyrie vs. Russell. Love vs. Ibaka. But no LeBron James. The Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Has Kevin Durant surpassed LeBron James as the NBA's best player?

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant entered the season claiming that the title of best player in the world is now a conversation. From USA TODAY… I feel as though I’m always consistent with what I do. I put in the work. And being the best player (in the NBA) is (now) a conversation. If you go out today […]

  • Grant Hill discusses challenges facing Kevin Durant in injury and recovery

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant is four games into his return from a seven-week absence caused by a cracked bone in his foot, and while he has shown no signs of setbacks the risk of further injury has been a common question each step of the way. Durant even admitted following Wednesday’s practice that he had...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson is a Swiss Army-type defender

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    Roberson can do a lot of things on the defensive end. His biggest test yet comes Thursday against LeBron.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: ESPN's Brian Windhorst talks LeBron-Durant and Cavs-Thunder

    Updated: Wed, Dec 10, 2014

    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 OKC's only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC beats Bucks for third straight victory

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    After overcoming a slow start, the Thunder won its third straight to bump its record to 8-13 and take another pivotal step on its captivating climb out of a 3-12 hole and toward a playoff spot.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Bucks

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomes the up-and-coming Milwaukee Bucks to town. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder needs to improve on both ends before it can win consistently

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Both are problem areas the Thunder hoped it was beyond coming into this season yet things that now are in danger of becoming commonplace with the Thunder in a hole and needing to win by any means necessary just to clinch a playoff berth.



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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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