Darnell Mayberry
Sports 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.



  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC locks down Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker in win over Charlotte Hornets

    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.

  • Scott Brooks talks about the curious case of Jeremy Lamb

    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 […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams turns in big-time performance in win over Spurs

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook, Thunder overpower Spurs

    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.

  • Kevin Durant addresses his ankle injury and concerns it might be more than a mild sprain

    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 […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs

    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.

  • OKC Thunder: The two faces of Russell Westbrook

    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

  • OKC Thunder: Fourth-quarter collapse leads to 'tough loss' against Portland

    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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    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.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant's absence provides another opportunity for Perry Jones — but can he make the most of it?

    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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pelicans

    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.

  • Collected Wisdom: Grant Hill, TV analyst and former Duke and NBA player

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Breaking down the Thunder season after the first trimester

    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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    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.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Kings

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Mitch McGary has an introduction he'll never forget

    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.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook for MVP? Why not?

    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.




Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 09:20:00 PM CST Final: Thunder 98, Hornets 75.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 08:39:44 PM CST Ibaka pose https://t.co/Vqhfpfn6ao
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 06:33:39 PM CST Scott Brooks talks about the curious case of Jeremy Lamb - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 05:51:14 PM CST @JonMHamm Yeah, but Ish Smith has found a chair and Lamb has ended up with the sour face. ???
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 05:37:21 PM CST Not sure why OKC would keep Lamb around if he's not going to be in the nightly plan. Seems to be a waste of time for everyone involved.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 05:28:05 PM CST Brooks says Lamb's current role is not permanent but adds he is looking for consistency out of Lamb.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 05:26:54 PM CST Brooks when asked why Jeremy Lamb has fallen out of the rotation: "We have to just keep finding guys. And he has to stay ready."
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 05:22:36 PM CST Brooks says Durant took part in some of the team's morning shootaround.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 05:21:49 PM CST Durant officially out. Again. Fifth straight.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 01:25:10 PM CST @TheThunderNut Look, no disrespect intended. I agree w/ your premise. But the connection's flawed. An army boot wouldn't have prevented this
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 11:37:56 AM CST @TheThunderNut Didn't affect him when he was setting the NBA on fire last yr Making that connection now/calling it a no brainer is illogical
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 10:25:10 AM CST @TheThunderNut Many guys play in low tops. If I or someone else asks if one guy's random injury is due to low tops we'll be called idiots.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 10:21:51 AM CST @keri_young That's a great idea. It'd be sort of like Kimmel's "celebrities reading mean tweets" about themselves segment.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Dec. 26 2014 10:00:33 AM CST The one guy on the planet that doesn't want to know what's up with KD. Smh. LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Dec. 25 2014 09:18:58 PM CST Russell Westbrook is going to do things his way, whether you like it or not - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Dec. 25 2014 06:44:47 PM CST @jonathanmclinn @anthonyVslater Bahahaha! Thanks for listening.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Dec. 25 2014 05:18:49 PM CST @eflame_717 Thanks a lot. Merry Christmas to you as well.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Dec. 25 2014 05:14:22 PM CST Steven Adams' averages the last nine games: 9.4 points, 10 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 65.4 percent shooting -- in 26.3 minutes.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Dec. 25 2014 05:04:33 PM CST Westbrook has done that in 33.5 minutes. His per-36 production in the last 14: 32 points, 6.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.4 steals.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Dec. 25 2014 05:01:54 PM CST In the 14 games since he's returned from a broken hand, Russell Westbrook is averaging 29.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 2.2 steals