Articles from The Oklahoman Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry
  • Mike Gundy talks Cowboys football on Mike & Mike

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Nov 18, 2015

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was a guest on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike on Wednesday morning and answered questions for seven minutes about the Cowboys, the College Football Playoff and the Big 12. The interview starts at the 25:30 mark. Chris Carter filled in for Mike Golic, and Mike...

  • Oklahoma State football: Inside the mind of 9-year-old J.W. Walsh

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Nov 12, 2015

    Thirteen years ago, Cowboys quarterback J.W. Walsh was given a worksheet to complete as part of his fourth-grade classwork. The assignment was for Walsh to explore how he felt about decisions. Walsh hilariously related each of his answers to the 14 questions back to football (via...

  • Former Norman North guard Lindy Waters commits to OSU

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    Lindy Waters announced on his Twitter account Friday morning that he has verbally committed to play basketball at Oklahoma State. Blessed beyond imagination — Lindo (@LindyWatersIII) November 6, 2015 Waters, a 6-foot-5 guard, attended Norman North until a...

  • Thunder, Dion Waiters expected to let extension deadline pass without a deal

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Nov 2, 2015

    Monday is the deadline for fourth-year players to come to terms on extensions to their rookie scale contracts, but the Thunder and Dion Waiters are expected to let the midnight deadline come and go without a new deal. With deadline looming, seems unlikely Dion Waiters/Thunder extension gets...

  • Bob Stoops wears Yoda mask and dances after big win

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Sat, Oct 31, 2015

    Bob Stoops was in rare form following the Sooners' 62-7 victory at Kansas on Saturday. Apparently, a big win and Halloween was the right mix for the OU football coach to let his hair down and cut loose in the locker room. Here is Stoops like you've never seen him before. Enjoy. What...

  • Oklahoma City Blue acquires guard J.P. Tokoto

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Sat, Oct 31, 2015

    The Thunder has acquired J.P. Tokoto, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports. Philadelphia has traded its rights on guard J.P. Tokoto to Oklahoma City, where Tokoto will play for Blue in D-League, sources tell Yahoo. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 31, 2015 // The Oklahoman's Erik...

  • Tony Dungy's son tries to dupe Kevin Durant to attend his birthday party

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    There's bold, and there's crazy. Tony Dungy's 9-year-old son might have a little crazy in him. How else can you explain what little man recently tried to pull on his father? Dungy, the former NFL coach turned television analyst, relayed the story at, the fatherhood program...

  • Thunder honors the late Bob Barry Jr. with media room plaque

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Oct 28, 2015

    When media members walked into the press room for Wednesday night's Thunder season opener, they were greeted by a familiar face. It was Bob Barry, Jr. The Thunder honored the late sportscaster by hanging a plaque with his likeness in the media room. BBJ, as he was affectionately referred to...


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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