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  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What do you make of Kevin Durant's decision to sit out the World Cup?

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 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...

  • OKC Thunder: Preseason games set for Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder will once again play preseason games in Tulsa and Wichita, Kan., as well as two games inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City will tip off preseason play on the road on Oct. 8 against the Denver Nuggets and then play the Mavericks in Dallas on Oct. 10. The...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Sometimes the best moves are few moves at all

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Now that the majority of player movement has concluded, it’s time to take inventory of what actually happened. It’s an important look back because there’s this lingering notion that everyone else got better while the Thunder again stood pat.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Plenty of rest is built into Thunder schedule

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The Thunder will receive as much rest as any team can ask for over the course of an 82-game season. Road trips are relatively short, games are sufficiently spaced out and the entire schedule is about as balanced as can be.

  • OKC Thunder: LeBron James, new-look Cleveland Cavaliers to visit OKC on Dec. 11

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    LeBron James and the new look Cleveland Cavaliers will make their lone visit to Oklahoma City on Thursday, Dec. 11. In addition to James being back in a Cavs uniform, Cleveland also is expected to have Kevin Love on its roster following an impending trade later this month. Along with point...

  • OKC Thunder to visit San Antonio on Christmas Day

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The entire 2014-15 NBA schedule will be unveiled at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Kevin Durant's minutes must be better-managed this season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s admission made waves only because of what it means to USA Basketball this summer. Overshadowed is what it will mean for the Thunder next season. After that carefully-crafted, 97-word statement, the Thunder seemingly has no choice but to better manage its biggest star’s minutes.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Five possible reasons why Kevin Durant dropped out of World Cup

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    After Durant followed in Russell Westbrook’s footsteps and backed out of the tournament, the Thunder’s two biggest stars are now safe, no longer subject to additional wear and tear or injury while not on the company’s time.


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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