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: Thunder beat Minnesota without Kevin Durant

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    With Durant absent with a sprained toe and against the worst team the league has to offer, the Thunder cruised to a 92-84 victory on Monday night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena, an expected result and a game OKC sorely needed.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    No Kevin Durant (toe) for the Thunder tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Who's stepping up? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Steven Adams misses game because of migraine

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Kendrick Perkins took Steven Adams’ place in the starting lineup and finished with four points, four rebounds and a steal before fouling out in 27 minutes. Adams remained in the locker room for the duration of the game.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Cavaliers beat OKC for sixth straight victory

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    LeBron James scored 34 points, including the first eight in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-98 on Sunday for their sixth straight win.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Cavaliers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Sunday special. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Thunder, Cavaliers could play their best basketball late in the season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    When the Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers take the court inside Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday afternoon, they will represent two of the league’s handful of championship-caliber teams that have struggled for various reasons but are now looking to get right the rest of the way and regain their rightful place among the NBA’s true contenders.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant is OK with All-Star voting

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    On the morning after the NBA announced the starters for this year’s All-Star Game, Thunder forward Kevin Durant on Friday didn’t express any shock or disappointment at not being voted in by the fans.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Balanced Hawks bounce Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    Atlanta won its franchise-record 15th consecutive game. Oklahoma City fell to 22-21, keeping it 31/2 games behind Phoenix for the eighth and final playoff spot.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hawks

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    It's a clash between two of the hottest teams in the league. Can the Thunder snap the Atlanta Hawks' 14-game winning streak? 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: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    The Thunder get the red-hot Hawks tonight. Can OKC extend its streak to five consecutive wins? Ask Darnell Mayberry your Thunder questions on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Last two games indicate the Thunder is turning the corner

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Oklahoma City has won four straight to move to 22-20 entering what has become an unexpectedly fascinating showdown with the red-hot Hawks in Atlanta on Friday. Suddenly, a once stagnant offense is now showing signs of progress that was promised in the preseason, and the defense is creeping closer to becoming that consistent staple seen in years past.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant relieved trip to Washington is over

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Durant, who grew up in nearby Seat Pleasant, Md., was asked what he misses about the Washington, D.C. area aside from family and friends.

  • Westbrook hits game-winner in victory over Wizards

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON — A white banner stretched across the railing at the bottom of the 400 level. “KD4DC2016,” it read. The freshman basketball team from his high school alma mater, Montrose Christian, served as the halftime entertainment, playing a free-wheeling yet strategic game of 5-on-5. An in-game weather report on the Jumbotron snuck in a “Come home KD” graphic during an early fourth-quarter timeout. At least one fan arrived wearing a custom-made Wizards jersey with his last name and No. 35 on the back.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant tells media in Washington that he's fond of playing for Oklahoma City

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Media wanted to know how the Thunder star felt about the “KD2DC” movement, a grassroots effort dedicated to luring Durant to the Wizards when he becomes a free agent in July 2016.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka shooting the 3-ball more

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    In his first three seasons, Ibaka attempted only six 3s. He shot 57 in his fourth season, 60 in his fifth year and is up to 144 this season, blossoming into one of the best shooting big men in the league.

  • Thunder tops Heat as OKC finally gets above .500

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    Russell Westbrook dominated Miami down the stretch as a scorer and playmaker to lead the Thunder to a gritty 94-86 win over the Heat on Tuesday inside American Airlines Arena. The win moved the Thunder to 21-20, the first time this season that OKC has been above .500 after an injury-plagued 3-12 start.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Heat

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder goes for its third win in a row. The Miami Heat stand in its way. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder offense is humming

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    What’s been the difference in the Thunder recently, you ask? Offense. Really, really good offense.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters feels right at home with the Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    “They brought me in since Day One with love,” Waiters said. “It seems like I’ve been here forever. It seems like I’ve been playing with them forever, too. When I came here, we clicked right away.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks wants to continue to stagger minutes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    Before the Thunder’s 127-99 win over Orlando on Sunday, coach Scott Brooks said that he would like to continue to stagger the minutes of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. In each of the last two games, Durant has subbed out for the first time with about five minutes left in the first quarter. Westbrook didn’t take his first breather until around the two-minute mark. The new approach is one Brooks said he has wanted to do all season but hasn’t had the right opportunities because of injuries, Durant’s minute restriction upon his return from a fractured foot or significant deficits. “It gives Kevin an opportunity to create offense in the second unit,” Brooks said. “And then it gives him an opportunity to




Darnell Mayberry Today at 10:09 AM Who y'all got in the Super Bowl and why?
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:37 AM @JonesOnTheNBA We're saying the same thing.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:29 AM @JonesOnTheNBA It ain't just that. It's also his assist to turnover ratio tonight.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:26 AM @Disbell00 Not at all. Just initially thought he had a good look from the top. Replay proved otherwise and showed he made a great play.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:18 AM On second look, Gasol was right there. Good defense by the Bulls running Klay off the 3-point line and preventing a game-winning look.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:11 AM Surprised Klay didn't take the 3 for the win there. He had an open look coming off.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:10 AM I think that actually helps the Warriors.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jan. 27 2015 11:58:22 PM CST If Russell Westbrook had Derrick Rose's line right now the Internet would be broken.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jan. 27 2015 09:49:49 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Word from the team is Kevin Durant will see how the toe feels tomorrow (shootaround, pregame) before determining status.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jan. 27 2015 02:35:06 PM CST @thunderupjames all commercial all the time.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jan. 27 2015 02:13:38 PM CST RT @HerringWSJ: As a reporter, I love to know what a player is thinking, or 4 them to explain their craft to me. But if they wont, eventual…
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jan. 27 2015 01:26:08 PM CST The Thunder has boarded its charter to NYC and will depart momentarily. Wednesday's game against the Knicks scheduled to go on as of now.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jan. 27 2015 12:40:53 AM CST RT @hiliteGENESIS: Latest Thunder Analysis w/ @DarnellMayberry and @anthonyVslater ---> Check out LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:31:46 PM CST Final: Thunder 92, Wolves 84. OKC improves to 23-22.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jan. 26 2015 09:05:13 PM CST Westbrook checks back in and immediately takes the first three Thunder shots...despite being 3-16...and not a word from anyone.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:29:26 PM CST @NoelleTeage What's up!
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jan. 26 2015 08:10:49 PM CST @Dooey21 No.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jan. 26 2015 07:05:12 PM CST @Dooey21 Mitch McGary.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jan. 26 2015 07:02:01 PM CST @NordinPhil Brooks has botched the situation, IMO. But Jackson has to be able to put that aside and keep playing hard. On both parties.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jan. 26 2015 06:59:52 PM CST Was 2-3 weeks. Three weeks came & went Jan. 7. Going on 6 weeks RT @teamtacocorp @DarnellMayberry wasn't his 2-4 weeks up a few weeks back?

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