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  • What life was like for Billy Donovan after his national titles at Florida

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The job was just about perfect. And for Billy Donovan, the timing couldn't have been better. It was June 2007. The Orlando Magic offered a breeze of a transition being only two hours south of Donovan's Gainesville, Fla. home, a roster powered by an up and coming center named Dwight Howard...

  • Thunder guard D.J. Augustin remembers living through Hurricane Katrina

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    On the week of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Thunder guard and New Orleans native D.J. Augustin shared his memories of living through that devastating disaster in a first-person account on theplayerstribune.com. In this must-read essay, Augustin, who was three months shy of his...

  • OKC Thunder: TV schedule shows networks still view Thunder as elite

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    It’s been four months since we last saw the Thunder, and it’ll be another 2 1/2 months before we see the hometown team again. But we now know exactly where the Thunder will be and when this coming season. The NBA released the 2015-16 schedule Wednesday, and the Thunder will again be among...

  • OKC Thunder: View the Thunder's 2015-16 home schedule

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    NBA SCHEDULE -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry has obtained a copy of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2015-16 home schedule.

  • Big games show Thunder is still a marquee NBA team

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    NBA SCHEDULE -- The Thunder has the Spurs to start and the Bulls on Christmas Day. Jenni Carlson and Darnell Mayberry talk about what those games mean and how they'll affect the Thunder and its fan base.

  • Thunder to open regular season against Spurs, will host Bulls on Christmas

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The Thunder will open the 2015-16 season against LaMarcus Aldridge and the new-look San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Oct. 28, The Oklahoman has learned. It will mark the second time in four seasons that OKC has opened its season against the rival Spurs. The Thunder lost to the Spurs by two in San...

  • Jeff Van Gundy vouches for the job Scott Brooks did in Oklahoma City

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2015

    I wrote about Thunder coach Billy Donovan’s playing days in Sunday’s editions of The Oklahoman. It was part two of our five-part series looking at Donovan from his childhood through his illustrious career at Florida. You can read part one, written by Anthony Slater, here. Part two is here, along...

  • A boy and a dream: How Billy Donovan's childhood goal turned him into a legendary ballplayer

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    Billy Donovan dreamed of playing big-time college basketball. But this was no ordinary dream. This was more like a life mission. And Donovan’s goal, even as a teenager, was explicit. He wanted to play in the Big East. Back then, everything about the newly-formed conference fascinated him....



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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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