Darnell Mayberry
Sports Assist Editor/ 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.

  • Ranking OU's routs of Texas in the Bob Stoops era

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    With Oklahoma entering Saturday's game against Texas as a 17-point favorite, The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel ranks Bob Stoops' routs of the Longhorns, from most impressive to least. Here are the Sooners' top four routs of Texas.[pagebreak] 4. 2011: OU 55-17. The Sooners led 34-10 at halftime and waltzed with three defensive touchdowns. The rout was OU's last hurrah — the Sooners were upset by Texas Tech two weeks later and finished 10-3.[pagebreak] 3. 2003: OU 65-13. The top-ranked Sooners led 37-13 at halftime, though Vince Young's amazing run gave 'Horn fans reason to return in the second half. The rout elevated OU into discussions as greatest team of all time.[pagebreak]

  • The top five OU plays in OU-Texas history

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    It's OU-Texas week. To kick it off, we're looking back at Berry Tramel's compilation of the five biggest Sooners plays in the history of the rivalry, which resumes at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Here are his top five OU plays.[pagebreak]Rocky Calmus’ 2000 interception return <object id="flashObj" width="486" height="322" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.

  • Video: Thunder Blue-White Scrimmage at Newcastle High School

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    This is for the die-hard Thunder heads. For all of you who couldn't make it to the team's annual Blue-White scrimmage on Sunday at Newcastle High School, thank God for YouTube. While you're at it, thank Dylan Jones, too. He's one of the 2,000 or so fans who were fortunate enough to get a sneak peak of this year's Thunder team. And he had the foresight to film it. Note: we planned on doing a live stream at NewsOK.com on Sunday but were rebuffed by the team for some reason that sounded like, well, because. I'm not sure really. At any rate, the internet wins again. Enjoy.

  • Mason Rudolph earns first offensive player of the week honor

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph has been named the Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against Kansas State on Saturday, the conference office announced today. He shares this week’s award with KaVontae Turpin from TCU. This is the first time Rudolph’s has won the award. In the Cowboys' 36-34 win over the Wildcats, Rudolph was 34-for-55 for 437 yards and three touchdowns. OSU trailed for most of the game, but for the fourth time in eight career starts Rudolph quarterbacked the Cowboys to victory when trailing after halftime. Rudolph completed 10 of 14 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. On third- and fourth-down attempts, Rudolph was 10 of 14,

  • NBA modifying its review system, adding referee in replay center

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    The NBA Board of Governors has unanimously approved modifications to the instant-replay process for NBA games, the league announced Wednesday. Beginning with the 2015-16 season, a current NBA referee will be staffed in the replay center in Secaucus, N.J., where he or she will make the final determination on select replay situations and facilitate the on-the-court review of others. The referee staffed in the replay center will make the final call on eight replay situations: whether a field goal was a 2-pointer or 3-pointer, made baskets at the end of periods, out of bounds, shot clock violations, goaltending/basket interference, clock malfunctions when no foul or violation occurs, 24-second shot clock resets and the

  • Kevin Durant to dedicate new basketball court at local elementary school

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    Thunder star Kevin Durant will unveil a new basketball court at North Highland Elementary on Monday, Oct. 5. The outdoor court will be the first North American court launch under the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation's "Build it and they will Ball" courts renovation initiative. The initiative's aim is to launch new and renovated basketball courts to inspire and motivate young athletes across the world. The mission of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation is to enrich lives of youth from low-income backgrounds through various educational and athletic programs. "I'm so thankful for the role that basketball had in my life as I was growing up," Durant said in a written statement.

  • Happy birthday wishes pour in for Kevin Durant

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Today is Kevin Durant's 27th birthday, and the internet world went out of its way to wish the Thunder star a happy birthday. While a who's who of celebrities, companies and corporations weighed in, Durant's teammates sang him happy birthday following the first day of training camp Tuesday. Apparently, a few Thunder players can sing, too. Here's a sampling of those who  wished Durant a happy birthday today via Twitter. Check out the cool photos and graphics of Durant that accompany many of the birthday wishes. Happy birthday today to Kevin Durant! pic.twitter.

  • Tulsa Washington product, Kansas State safety Dante Barnett likely to miss Saturday's game against OSU

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Already a growing underdog going into its Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State on Saturday, Kansas State is now expected to be without safety Dante Barnett against the Cowboys. Bill Snyder says injured SS Dante Barnett "in all likelihood" will not play at Oklahoma State — Ken Corbitt (@KenCorbitt) September 29, 2015 // Barnett, the former Tulsa Washington star, has been described as "the glue of the K-State defense." Tough break. Barnett the glue of the K-State D.  https://t.

  • Former Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill shining at West Alabama

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Tyreek Hill is off to a fast start in his new home at West Alabama. The former Oklahoma State standout returned two more kickoffs for touchdowns this weekend to help the Tigers improve to 4-0 after a 31-22 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville. Hill scored on kickoff returns of 74 and 78 yards. "I wouldn't call them big plays. Maybe it was just my time to shine," Hill said. "I try to hit a home run every time I get the opportunity. That was born in me and stressed throughout my high school days." The Gulf South Conference named Hill its Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against A&M-Kingsville. His two kick return touchdowns tied a Gulf South Conference record. Hill now has

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Team announces training camp roster, addition of 3 players

    By Darnell Mayberry and Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    The additions of Stone, Wells and Zanna extends the Thunder roster to 18 players for preseason camp. Not included on the roster is 2015 second-round draft pick Dakari Johnson, who will play for the Blue this season.

  • NBA TV to report live from Thunder media day

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Thunder media day is Monday, and we'll have full coverage right here on NewsOK.com and in Tuesday's paper. But NBA TV also will be in town to provide live reports on the Thunder. Oklahoma City will be among seven teams featured on the network during Monday's media days, as NBA TV offers comprehensive coverage that will include live interviews and player and coaches press conferences. Matt Winer will host Monday's in-studio coverage, alongside analysts Steve Smith, Isiah Thomas and Brian Shaw, and reporter Vince Cellini. LaChina Robinson will report live from Chesapeake Energy Arena. The show airs from noon to 4 p.m. Monday. NBA TV also will televise a media day recap show at 8 p.m.

  • NBA: How a two-year relationship with the Hornets showed the country that OKC was indeed a big-league city

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    In just days, the people of Oklahoma transitioned from an incredulous bunch whose laps the NBA had fallen into to a rabid and raucous fan base that would soon be known throughout the league as the best around.

  • Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks reflects on the life of friend and former teammate Moses Malone

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Mon, Sep 14, 2015

    Maurice Cheeks couldn't stop his voice from quivering and couldn't fight the tears from flowing. He was heartbroken. Moses Malone, his friend and former teammate, had been found dead hours earlier in a Norfolk, Va. hotel room Sunday morning. While much of the basketball world remembered Malone for his playing feats, Cheeks got choked up as he reminisced on the man the world loss in Moses Malone the person. “He was a good, good guy,” said Cheeks, dragging out each “good” for maximum emphasis. “That's why it hit our hearts so hard. We got that news and it just hit everybody hard.” Cheeks, now in his second stint as a Thunder assistant coach, teamed with Malone in Philadelphia for four seasons.

  • OKC Thunder: How Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant learned to coexist

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Sat, Sep 5, 2015

    They chose to stick together, and ever since that December night they’ve upheld a partnership many deem impossible to maintain — two alpha males playing for the same team, working toward the same goal.

  • What life was like for Billy Donovan after his national titles at Florida

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    The job was just about perfect. And for Billy Donovan, the timing couldn't have been better. It was June 2007. The Orlando Magic offered a breeze of a transition being only two hours south of Donovan's Gainesville, Fla. home, a roster powered by an up and coming center named Dwight Howard who, at just 22, already was an All-Star and a franchise that would reach the NBA Finals within the next two seasons. That April, Donovan had steered Florida to its second consecutive national championship, becoming the first college basketball coach in 15 years to win back-to-back titles. He did it with a loaded team that churned out three future NBA lottery picks: Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer.

  • Thunder guard D.J. Augustin remembers living through Hurricane Katrina

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    On the week of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Thunder guard and New Orleans native D.J. Augustin shared his memories of living through that devastating disaster in a first-person account on theplayerstribune.com. In this must-read essay, Augustin, who was three months shy of his 18th birthday when Katrina made landfall, begins his account painting the picture of how evacuations were commonplace for New Orleans residents. Everyone in his family knew the drill and everyone had specific items of significance they made sure to pack. Augustin’s were the orange Nike shoeboxes he kept under his bed. “My mom used to record all my basketball games since I was 4 years old, all the way through high school. Never missed a

  • OKC Thunder: TV schedule shows networks still view Thunder as elite

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    It’s been four months since we last saw the Thunder, and it’ll be another 2 1/2 months before we see the hometown team again. But we now know exactly where the Thunder will be and when this coming season. The NBA released the 2015-16 schedule Wednesday, and the Thunder will again be among the league’s biggest attractions with 33 games scheduled for national television across the ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV networks. Oklahoma City’s 24 nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN and TNT are tied with the Los Angles Clippers for the second most in the league. The defending champion Golden State Warriors and reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers lead the way with 25 apiece.

  • OKC Thunder: View the Thunder's 2015-16 home schedule

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Aug 12, 2015

    NBA SCHEDULE -- The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry has obtained a copy of the Oklahoma City Thunder's 2015-16 home schedule.

  • Big games show Thunder is still a marquee NBA team

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    NBA SCHEDULE -- The Thunder has the Spurs to start and the Bulls on Christmas Day. Jenni Carlson and Darnell Mayberry talk about what those games mean and how they'll affect the Thunder and its fan base.

  • Thunder to open regular season against Spurs, will host Bulls on Christmas

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    The Thunder will open the 2015-16 season against LaMarcus Aldridge and the new-look San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, Oct. 28, The Oklahoman has learned. It will mark the second time in four seasons that OKC has opened its season against the rival Spurs. The Thunder lost to the Spurs by two in San Antonio to […]

Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 24 2015 11:58:22 PM CST RT @NBA: Congrats to the players, Coaches Kerr & Walton, and entire @Warriors organization on their 16-0 start -- the very best in NBA hist…
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 24 2015 11:49:27 PM CST Better coach for the Lakers: Scott Brooks or Luke Walton? (You have to think about it) #nodisrespectbscott
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 24 2015 11:42:32 PM CST I love that Luke Walton will (but won't) have his name in the record books...Is it time we talk about that? Should emergency coaches get W/L
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 24 2015 10:25:20 PM CST Kobe's still competing though no matter the circumstances. #respect
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 24 2015 10:07:56 PM CST I remember when Kobe was able to steal the show in games like these. Hate seeing him go down like this.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 24 2015 10:01:19 PM CST Steph out here passing...waiting for him to get em up. It's showtime!
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 24 2015 08:38:44 PM CST Chef Curry bout to put on a show!! (I'd be shocked if he finishes with less than 42!)
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 24 2015 11:59:07 AM CST Sitting down with @BerryTramel and @MikeSherman to tape a press row podcast. The Thunder Buddies got no love for me these days. Lol
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Nov. 22 2015 08:10:26 PM CST @PadenWal10 Appreciate the kind words, P. Tell you what I don't miss: being in front of you in knockout! Haha. Hope you're doing well.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Nov. 22 2015 03:16:44 PM CST Ravens mascot all about that tank lol https://t.co/OnejaBM4XR
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Nov. 21 2015 05:48:17 PM CST This, this and more this. RT @vgoodwill You had ONE job, Ohio State…ONE job
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Nov. 20 2015 03:31:04 PM CST Was Clippers-Warriors last night better than Thunder-Magic in October? I don't think so. Great game no doubt. But not the game of the year.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 19 2015 10:44:30 PM CST @megan4892 What lottery pick are you speaking of?
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 19 2015 06:31:15 PM CST Check out my big brother @MrMayberry, my nephew @thereal_chadb and my niece Autumn doing their thing!! - https://t.co/eeFpd1flOU
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 19 2015 06:20:16 PM CST RT @UpTheThunder: For those asking, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame ceremony is being taped and will air on OETA this Saturday at 8PM CT.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 19 2015 03:00:44 PM CST RT @NBAcom: .@russwest44 is first player since Allen Iverson in '05-06 to have two-straight games of 40+ PTS, 55+ FG% & 8+ AST https://t.co
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 19 2015 02:17:02 PM CST @KDTrey5 Congrats on your induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. You've carried yourself w/ class and grace and repped OK extremely well.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 19 2015 11:00:53 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Talk #Sooners football now with @jasonkersey in the Power Lunch live chat at #newsoksports: https://t.co/OUp3VqVzk6 https
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 18 2015 09:37:33 AM CST @BiggKat02 You don't find that interesting?
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 17 2015 05:19:49 PM CST @Dave_inVegas And after the last seven years, I'm pretty sure I'd rather that at this point than the alternative and never really being sure