Darnell Mayberry
Sports Sports Producer/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.



  • Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson posts cryptic smirking tweet following Thunder loss in West finals

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson posts...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson drew the ire of his one-time fans once again following the Thunder's season-ending 96-88 loss to Golden State in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. Jackson posted a cryptic tweet in that coincided with the Thunder's defeat Monday night. It was an emoji of what appears to be a smirking face. — Reggie Jackson (@Reggie_Jackson) May 31, 2016 // While it's unclear exactly what Jackson's intentions were in posting the tweet, the natural assumption is the smirk was a shot at his former team, which he unceremoniously parted ways with at the 2015 trading deadline.

  • Dodgers to call up top pitching prospect Julio Urias

    Dodgers to call up top pitching prospect Julio...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, May 26, 2016

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that they will call up Julio Urias, their 19-year-old pitching sensation, on Friday. The Dodgers are expected to purchase on Friday the contract of LHP Julio Urias, who is scheduled to make his MLB debut Friday in New York. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 26, 2016 // Urias will become the youngest starting pitcher in the Majors since Seattle's Felix Hernandez in 2005. He will start opposite New York's Jacob deGrom. Urias, the top left-handed pitching prospect in the game, is the No. 2 overall prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com. He's the No. 3 overall prospect, according to ESPN.com's Keith Law.

  • Draymond Green will not be suspended for kicking Steven Adams

    Draymond Green will not be suspended for...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 24, 2016

    Golden State forward Draymond Green will not be suspended for his actions in Game 3 on Sunday night. The NBA instead fined Green $25,000 and upgraded his Flagrant 1 foul to a Flagrant 2. But Green will be available when the Warriors and Thunder continue their Western Conference Finals series with Game 4 on Tuesday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. // The NBA announced the ruling in a press release Monday night. It was unclear whether Green would be able to play Wednesday after he kicked Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin during the Thunder’s 133-105 victory in Game 3 on Sunday night.

  • Video: The People v. Draymond Green

    Video: The People v. Draymond Green

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 23, 2016

    The basketball world is buzzing today as everyone waits and wonders whether the NBA will suspend Golden State forward Draymond Green for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals after his low blow to Thunder center Steven Adams in Game 3 on Sunday night. The internet is on fire with take after take about whether Green's kick to Adam's man region was warrants a one-game suspension, and reporters have flooded Twitter with reaction from both sides, as well as comparable cheap shots throughout NBA history. Of all the fallout from Green's below-the-belt hit, the folks over at Bill Simmons' new project, The Ringer, might have put together the best parody video. They dubbed it "The People v. Draymond

  • Poll: Should Draymond Green be suspended for Game 4?

    Poll: Should Draymond Green be suspended for...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Golden State forward Draymond Green was issued a Flagrant 1 for kicking Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin in Game 3. Do you think he should be suspended for Game 4?

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How surprising has this playoff run been?

    Thunder Buddies podcast: How surprising has...

    Anthony Slater,darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    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 the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy:  Thunder Buddies -- Warriors-Thunder Game 2 recap (<–Click Here) - OG Thunder Buddy Darnell Mayberry joins the podcast to talk a little bit about the Thunder-Warriors series and a lot about this surprising OKC postseason run. Where does Steven Adams rank among current centers? Should OKC retain Dion Waiters? That and more.

  • Langston University hires Elaine Powell to replace Cheryl Miller as women's basketball coach

    Langston University hires Elaine Powell to...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Langston University has named Elaine Powell its new head coach of women's basketball, the school announced Wednesday. Powell previously served as an assistant coach at Alabama A&M, Ohio University and Grambling State. After becoming the first woman from Louisiana State to be drafted into the WNBA, she spent nearly a decade playing in the WNBA, where she was a three-time champion with the Detroit Shock. "Elaine Powell is a proven leader whose dedication and commitment to excellence has shown in her work while coaching at numerous NCAA Division I programs for more than eight years," said Donnita Rogers, athletic director at LU.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder and more from the NBA Playoffs with Darnell Mayberry in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m

  • Former Cowboy Brooks Thompson discharged from hospital

    Former Cowboy Brooks Thompson discharged from...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, May 13, 2016

    In April, we shared with you the unfortunate news on former Oklahoma State player turned coach Brooks Thompson. Today, we're happy to pass along  some good news. Thompson's health has improved to the point he has been cleared to leave the hospital and head home. Larry Reece, Oklahoma State's public address announcer, shared the update from Thompson's wife Michelle via Facebook. Brooks Thompson update for his Prayer POSSE...

  • Thunder met at airport, welcomed home by hundreds of fans after Game 5 win

    Thunder met at airport, welcomed home by...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    Thunder fans late Tuesday night continued their tradition of greeting the team at the airport following a road playoff game. This time, an estimated crowd of more than 500 people gathered to welcome Thunder players, coaches and support staff home after the team secured a 95-91 victory over San Antonio in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead. Kevin Durant talked about the fan support and passion Wednesday at practice. "It's something I never really thought about when you want to be an NBA player, how dedicated the fans are and how much you mean to the city," Durant said. "When you're in college, the college has been there 30 or 40 years, 50 years. But here, we're a new franchise and they embraced us from the beginning.

  • What they're saying about Thunder-Spurs Game 5

    What they\'re saying about Thunder-Spurs Game 5

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    The Thunder took a thrilling 95-91 victory over San Antonio in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Here is a sampling of the reaction from around the web. Inexplicable that the refs wouldn't call the first foul, and did call the 2nd. https://t.co/SM3L5vnOR7 — Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) May 11, 2016 //   Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant scored or assisted on 80 of the @okcthunder's 95 points — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 11, 2016   Westbrook seemed as surprised as anyone that foul wasn't called on Kawhi during that interview with Sager.

  • Kevin Durant reportedly will be courted by San Antonio this summer

    Kevin Durant reportedly will be courted by San...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, May 6, 2016

    The Thunder is in the middle of a heavyweight clash with San Antonio, with a huge Game 3 coming Friday night in OKC. Yet it's not the series that's commanded the country's attention in the hours leading up to Game 3. It's been the story of Kevin Durant's impeding free agency. This time it's the Spurs who are said to be after his services. ESPN's Marc Stein filed a story Friday morning warning that while the Golden State Warriors are the championship franchise that for months has been rumored to be in this summer's Durant sweepstakes, the Spurs lurk in the shadows as a second pillar franchise that could threaten to pluck KD from OKC.

  • Houston mayor predicts Cougars will beat Sooners by at least two touchdowns

    Houston mayor predicts Cougars will beat...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Sylvester Turner is the mayor of Houston. He's also a graduate of the University of Houston. And he just provided some offseason bulletin board material for OU as the Sooners football team heads into its season opener against the Cougars on Sept. 3 at NRG Stadium in Houston. In a Q&A with UH Magazine, Turner was asked if he has secured his 2016 season tickets for Cougars football yet. Turner proceeded to predict that his alma mater will essentially blow out the Sooners. I will be at the first game against Oklahoma. It should be a sell out at NRG Stadium considering what UH did this past season. For the Cougars to start out the season against a powerhouse like Oklahoma speaks to how far the program has

  • Thunder-Spurs: NBA rules officials missed five calls on final possession of Game 2

    Thunder-Spurs: NBA rules officials missed five...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    As expected, the NBA on Tuesday announced a litany of violations that went uncalled in the final two minutes of Monday night's 98-97 Thunder win at San Antonio, including five on the final possession. There were seven incorrect no-calls in the final two minutes, according the NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report. The final five incorrect no-calls began with 13.5 seconds remaining, when Spurs guard Manu Ginobili stepped over the out of bounds line while defending Thunder inbounds passer Dion Waiters. The NBA announced that Ginobili's infraction should have resulted in a delay of game on the Spurs.

  • Video shows Spurs fan holding Steven Adams' arm on final play

    Video shows Spurs fan holding Steven Adams\' arm...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    The final sequence of Game 2 between the Thunder and Spurs on Monday night had about 17 no-calls. Unofficially, of course. But while the basketball world talks about Dion Waiters getting away with using his forearm to create separation from Manu Ginobili on the Thunder's final inbounds play -- and to a lesser extent Ginobili getting away with stepping on the sideline while guarding Waiters on the inbounds pass -- there appeared to be another questionable maneuver inside the final three seconds. This one was made by a Spurs fan. When center Steven Adams sold out to contest Patty Mills' last-second 3-point attempt, his momentum carried him into the fans seated courtside.

  • Thunder-Spurs: The Oklahoman's staff predictions

    Thunder-Spurs: The Oklahoman\'s staff predictions

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    The Thunder's second-round series against San Antonio gets underway with Game 1 on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from the AT&T Center. It will be the most compelling matchup yet from these playoffs, and it might go down as the best series all postseason. Before the playoffs began, The Oklahoman's staff predicted each series of this postseason. But some have had a change of heart about this Thunder-Spurs showdown. Here are our updated picks. MIKE SHERMAN, SPORTS EDITOR Thunder in 6: I’m coming around on these guys. Credit Enes Kanter. (Original pick: Spurs in 7.

  • Kevin Durant fires back at Mark Cuban as testy Thunder-Mavs series concludes

    Kevin Durant fires back at Mark Cuban as testy...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    The five-game opening round series between the Thunder and Dallas Mavericks was much more compelling than a five-game series typically indicates. There were technical fouls, flagrant fouls, ejections and bold words from both sides. And dancing. In the end, Oklahoma City prevailed over a gritty but gutted Mavs squad whose best weapon was belief in themselves. And before both teams went their separate ways, the Thunder advancing for the third series in four years against the vaunted Spurs, the Mavs going fishing, we were witness to one final duel. Kevin Durant versus Mark Cuban. Despite a relatively sub par series from the Thunder's brightest star, Durant kept on firing, his last shot

  • Report: Kevin Durant will not sign with Washington this summer

    Report: Kevin Durant will not sign with...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    If Kevin Durant leaves the Thunder this summer, he won't be joining his hometown Washington Wizards, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical. Durant isn't bound for Washington, friends say, because … it's Washington, it's home, and, like so many athletes, Durant isn't all that keen on returning to play in the city in which he grew up. Friends, family – some real, some claiming to be – all come out of the woodwork in those situations, and Durant, who has tightened his inner circle considerably in recent years, isn't interested in dealing with them. His lone trip to D.C. this season was stressful, league sources told The Vertical, reinforcing to friends that wherever Durant signs next summer, Washington

  • Report: Scott Brooks agrees to deal to become Washington coach

    Report: Scott Brooks agrees to deal to become...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    After a year away from the game, Scott Brooks will be back on the bench next season. The former Thunder coach has agreed to become the next head coach in Washington, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Scott Brooks has agreed to deal to become the Washington coach, league source tells @TheVertical — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) April 21, 2016 // Brooks was fired by the Thunder one year ago Friday with one season remaining on his contract. Washington reportedly will now pay $7 million a year for Brooks' services, according to Wojnarowski.

  • Thunder journal: Mitch McGary returns to Thunder practice; reason for his absence remains unknown

    Thunder journal: Mitch McGary returns to...

    By Anthony Slater and Darnell Mayberry Staff writers Aslater@Oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    After a mysterious two-week absence, second-year forward Mitch McGary returned to the Thunder on Monday night, showing up at the arena and sitting on the bench in street clothes.




Darnell Mayberry Today at 3:33 PM @megan4892 lol. My man.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:11 PM @megan4892 Funny what numbers say if all you do is look at them, huh?
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:10 PM RT @JenniCarlson_OK: If you're wanting to meet the #Thunder team plane, arrival is tentatively 3:24p. AAR Terminal, western side of the air…
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:35 PM @megan4892 Players shot 11.1 percent worse against Waiters in the playoffs. Better than Kawhi (-1.2) and Iguodala (+4.3). I can play w/ #s 2
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:16 PM @megan4892 He was a steal. I stand by that. And he was fantastic in playing his role this postseason. I stand by that.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:38 PM @megan4892 Because you never had the stones to.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 11:39 AM @megan4892 Oh, we're talking about Dion again today, huh?
Darnell Mayberry Today at 10:57 AM RT @NewsOKSports: Chat with columnist @JenniCarlson_OK live now at NewsOK - https://t.co/MKRCiJagye https://t.co/01rWtaoqBI
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:34 AM One last headline in this #okcthunder playoff run by @TheOklahoman sports team. https://t.co/6OGTuaMIby
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 11:22:00 PM CST So many questioned the Billy Donovan hire. He was tremendous in his first NBA season. This Thunder team could flourish under his direction.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 10:27:48 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: One more time, #Whatstheheadline @TheOklahoman
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 10:17:55 PM CST @MikeSherman After this 7-0 run by KD, I wonder what the game would have looked like now if they took advantage of it when they could.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 10:11:38 PM CST What's the foul situation? Might be time to start hacking Iguodala.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 09:31:49 PM CST This is where the Thunder will have to trust the process the most. Will they do it? The stars' time will come. Gotta stay patient and poised
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 09:30:19 PM CST Billy the Kid even liked that one from Steph.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 09:03:34 PM CST "I bet you don't get this one, Ibaka!" -- Steph Curry probably
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 09:02:35 PM CST Heck of a catch and finish by Westbrook.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 09:01:05 PM CST Thunder gotta keep moving without the ball. Getting way too stagnant, which is forcing one-on-one. Don't blame Westbrook. Gotta move!!
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 08:57:07 PM CST What are we looking at? It's clear Draymond Green just suplexed himself.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 30 2016 08:39:54 PM CST Thunder playing a terrific half of basketball. Give them credit for playing hard, smart and together.

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