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.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014
Oklahoma City effectively eliminated Charlotte’s two biggest scoring threats and the Hornets never had a chance, as the Thunder snapped a two-game home losing streak with a 98-75 rout inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Darnell Mayberry | Updated: 9 hr ago
Scott Brooks wasn’t all that interested in discussing Jeremy Lamb on Friday night. No surprise there. The Thunder coach often becomes short or defensive with reporters when questions start to fly about who’s in and who’s out of his rotation and why. But during his customary media session before the Thunder took on Charlotte, Brooks […]
staff reports | Updated: 11 hr ago
Coming off a big win against San Antonio, the Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to face the Charlotte Hornets. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014
The second-year center scored 16 points with a game-high 15 rebounds (seven coming on the offensive end) and added three blocked shots, two steals and an assist in 31 minutes. Working primarily in the post against future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, Adams also made five of eight shots.
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014
Russell Westbrook scored 34 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 on Thursday in a fiery rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals.
Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Dec 25, 2014
SAN ANTONIO — Kevin Durant missed his fourth straight game Thursday at San Antonio due to a mild ankle sprain he sustained just before halftime at Golden State last week. Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced before the game that Durant “could not go if he wanted to go.” Brooks labeled Durant as day-to-day. But the […]
staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 25, 2014
It's a Christmas Day treat, as the Thunder and the defending champion San Antonio Spurs face off in a rematch of the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Wed, Dec 24, 2014
On the court, Oklahoma City’s point guard can be a grinch. Off the court, his heart grows three sizes
BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Dec 23, 2014
Damian Lillard scored 40 points, making a tying 3-pointer with three seconds left in regulation, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-111 on Tuesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 23, 2014
Can the Oklahoma City Thunder close the gap on the Northwest Division-leading Portland Trail Blazers? OKC will have to do so without Kevin Durant tonight. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.
staff reports | Updated: Mon, Dec 22, 2014
What do you want the Thunder to get for Christmas? Tell Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in here.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Dec 21, 2014
Since returning from a knee contusion, Perry Jones has struggled to regain his rhythm and the early season production he displayed while the Thunder’s roster was decimated by injuries. Jones’ inconsistency and ineffectiveness has forced Brooks to play him sporadically or simply bench him altogether.
staff reports | Updated: Sun, Dec 21, 2014
The Oklahoma City Thunder returns home from its West Coast trip to take on the New Orleans Pelicans. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.
Interviewed by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014
After a legendary career at Duke University, where he won two national championships, Grant Hill spent 19 seasons in the NBA, playing with Detroit, Orlando, Phoenix and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014
With all that has already happened, it’s hard to believe the NBA season is only a third old. What have we learned? Who has surprised? Disappointed? We ask four writers four questions, breaking down the first 27 games of OKC’s season.
staff reports | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014
The Thunder is the hottest team in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors have the league's best record. The two teams collide tonight in Oakland. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.
staff reports | Updated: Tue, Dec 16, 2014
The Oklahoma City Thunder puts its six-game winning streak on the line tonight against the Sacramento Kings. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014
McGary, the 21st overall pick out of Michigan, finished with three points and four rebounds in seven minutes.
staff reports | Updated: Mon, Dec 15, 2014
The Thunder is one of the hottest teams in the league -- winner of six consecutive games. Could it have another MVP candidate on its hands? Ask Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014
If he keeps up his current play, Westbrook will force himself into the conversation as the league’s Most Valuable Player — if he hasn’t already.