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: A peek inside the offensive mind of Billy Donovan

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Most notably, Presti said he sought a coach that had “great tactical competence.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan's words inspire confidence

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    On several occasions in his near 40-minute introduction to the local media Friday afternoon, Donovan tackled each and every question posed to him about the challenge he faces in jumping from college to the pros. And with each answer, Donovan was confident and candid, thoughtful and thorough.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan's credentials could not be overlooked

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    In his 19 seasons at the University of Florida, Donovan led the Gators to seven Elite Eights, four Final Fours and two national championships.

  • VIDEO: Billy Donovan's introductory Thunder press conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.

  • Chat Recap: Where does Billy Donovan rank among NBA coaches? Darnell Mayberry explains

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Before Billy Donovan was introduced Friday, Darnell Mayberry answered your Thunder and NBA related questions on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant can't wait to get started under new coach Billy Donovan

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Durant, who is still in Oklahoma City recovering from a bone graft surgery he had on his right foot in March, likely will visit with his new coach before or after the press conference.

  • Kevin Durant talks about new Thunder coach Billy Donovan

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Kevin Durant on Thursday expressed excitement about the hiring of Billy Donovan as Thunder coach, saying he can’t wait to get started with Donovan. Here’s a full transcript of what Durant said about Donovan. Q: What was your reaction when you heard the news? A: I was excited. When you don’t have a coach, it’s […]

  • Billy Donovan agrees to deal to become Thunder coach

    darnell mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    A coaching search that started with Thunder general manager Sam Presti saying he wouldn’t limit the scope of candidates he would consider ended Thursday with Oklahoma City getting the one man it seemed to be after from the start.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reports say Thunder zeroes in Florida coach Billy Donovan

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    ESPN and Yahoo! Sports reported that Donovan had entered into advanced contract negotiations with the Thunder on Wednesday, but a deal had yet to be finalized by the end of the day. A decision is expected within the next 48 hours, according to ESPN.com, which is citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder interested in Florida and UConn — and it has nothing to do with players

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Neither school has a player that is expected to be drafted. But that didn’t stop the Thunder general manager and other team executives from traveling to both campuses on multiple occasions this season for what some believe were trips to scout Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    The Thunder coaching search continues. Join Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry for some Thunder talk at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: New coach must adapt to the 'Thunder Way'

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    It starts with a blue-collar approach that makes no room for excuses or complaints. It requires embracing the community and understanding the team’s role in it. It mandates you believe and buy in to a team philosophy and put aside individual goals for the greater good.

  • OKC Thunder: A look at three top coaching candidates

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    We reached out to reporters in Gainesville, Fla., Storrs, Conn., and Chicago to learn more about Florida coach Billy Donovan, UConn coach Kevin Ollie and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder is carrying out what it has spent years preparing for

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Lost in Thunder general manager Sam Presti’s 38-minute press conference Wednesday night was a sliver of insight into how exactly the Thunder has attempted to operate in this injury-ravaged season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A new coach could stimulate progress for Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The surest bet for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook staying in OKC is the new coach taking over and making the Thunder better.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant expresses gratitude to Scott Brooks, but he stands by organization's decision

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    In a heartfelt farewell message, Durant expressed his gratitude to Brooks for helping guide his personal development and the success of the team over the past seven seasons. But more importantly, Durant also stood by the organization’s decision to go in a different direction.

  • WATCH: Sam Presti Press Conference on Scott Brooks

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti addresses the media following the Thunder's firing of Scott Brooks as head coach on Wednesday. Watch the press conference at 7 p.m. and follow live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the Web.

  • Thunder fires head coach Scott Brooks

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder has fired coach Scott Brooks. Brooks, after seven seasons with the team, has been relieved of his duties with one year remaining on his contract. The team sent out a release announcing Brooks' dismissal. “This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels. Scott helped establish the identity of the Thunder and has earned his rightful place in the history of our organization through his seven years as a valued leader and team member,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti in a statement. “As we all know, this past year we had unique and challenging circumstances and as I have conveyed, not many people could have accomplished what

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Report says Kevin Ollie is in 'serious consideration' to become new Thunder coach

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Ollie, 42, finished his 13-year NBA playing career in Oklahoma City in 2009-10, when he teamed with Thunder stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Oklahoman writers weigh in on Thunder's season

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City saw its players miss a combined 220 games due to injuries, Russell Westbrook emerged as an MVP candidate and coach Scott Brooks’ job security was called into question the moment it was all said and done. Our writers weigh in on those topics and more in a roundtable discussion.




Darnell Mayberry Today at 5:32 PM RT @NewsOKSports: NEW Thunder Podcast: @DarnellMayberry @anthonyVslater @BerryTramel talk Donovan, playoffs, MVP LINK htt…
Darnell Mayberry Today at 3:21 PM RT @anthonyVslater New Thunder podcast discussing the Billy Donovan hire: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:57 PM New Thunder Buddies podcast dropping this afternoon. We talk Donovan, MVP and playoffs.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 11:08 AM @Moe5118 going in the studio in 20 minutes!
Darnell Mayberry Sun, May. 03 2015 08:29:51 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: A peek inside the offensive mind of Billy Donovan LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, May. 03 2015 10:35:14 AM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Billy Donovan's never coached Russell Westbrook. But his coaching track record suggest that shouldn't be an issue: http…
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 02 2015 02:40:14 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan's words inspire confidence LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 05:32:19 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: Billy Donovan heading back to Florida for farewell press conference | News OK LINK #OKCThunder
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 04:33:39 PM CST Podcast on Monday
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 02:21:14 PM CST Hot take: Billy Donovan answers questions.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 01:45:45 PM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: Donovan on HS, college, pros: "The ingredients that go into winning are across the board."
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 01:42:09 PM CST Kevin Durant and Nick Collison in attendance at Billy Donovan's introductory press conference, listening as intently as anyone.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 12:54:29 PM CST For those interested in watching coach Donovan's introductory press conference, we will stream it at LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 12:14:46 PM CST RT @SiriusXMNBA: Joining @1TomByrne & @JoelMeyersNBA on Off The Dribble @ 1:30pm ET is @DarnellMayberry of 'The Oklahoman' to talk Billy Do…
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 11:59:52 AM CST @thunderup100 Maybe Donovan will give us some fresh material. :)
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 11:48:57 AM CST Billy Donovan's introductory press conference is at 1:30 central. RT @Jon_Mitchell3 @DarnellMayberry what time is the Press Conference?
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 11:01:46 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Questions for @DarnellMayberry? Ask about Kevin Durant, Billy Donovan and more on the live chat: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 12:26:55 AM CST @phatduckk Nah. May he rest in peace.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 30 2015 11:35:58 PM CST @PatrickAF They tried.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 30 2015 11:28:11 PM CST @patribenjamin What don't you like?

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