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 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

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder hammers Orlando 127-99

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

    The win bumped the Thunder’s record to 20-20, marking only the second time OKC has been at .500 this season. It also set a terrific tone that should serve the Thunder well as it snakes its way through four more Eastern Conference cities this week.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Magic

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against the Orlando Magic in the first game of a five-game road trip. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma Ciy Thunder: OKC must figure out its road problem as it embarks on season's long road trip

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    The Thunder has a road problem that must be figured out. OKC is winless away from The Peake in 2015, and its defense in those games has been horrendous. Now comes a 10-day, five-game road grind that will further put this team to the test.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Serge Ibaka's strong fourth quarter keys Thunder win over Golden State

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    Ibaka scored 14 of his 27 points in the final quarter to spur the Thunder to a feel-good 127-115 victory over Golden State inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. The win snapped the first-place Warriors’ eight-game winning streak and moved the Thunder (19-20) back within a game of .500.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Warriors

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces the Golden State Warriors in the second game of a back-to-back. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Early surge buries Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Thursday night’s nationally televised 112-101 whopping at Houston, a game in which OKC yielded 40 first-quarter points, trailed by as many as 26 early in the second quarter and stared at a double-digit deficit for the final 44 minutes, was the latest shred of evidence piling up on the Thunder and revealing the cold hard truth about this year’s bunch.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Reports have center Brook Lopez headed to Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    It’s the second time the Thunder has been connected to trade rumors involving Lopez, who is believed to be on his way out of Brooklyn one way or another.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder renews one of the NBA's best rivalries against the Houston Rockets tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant on Reggie Jackson: 'We're not babying anybody'

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    With the arrival of Dion Waiters, a cloud of uncertainty emerged over Reggie Jackson’s future. Forget a month from now, no one knows how Jackson fits into the picture Thursday night against Houston. His minutes could diminish, his role as the sixth man and trusted closer could soon be taken away. He might even be […]

  • Kevin Durant on Twitter: "I don't like the motives"

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    Kevin Durant posted a string of messages to his Twitter account Wednesday questioning why people use the social networking site and, as a result, sparking widespread confusion among his followers. Why do you post on Twitter? — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) January 13, 2015 You want a voice? You wanna be more popular? — Kevin Durant […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder is not asking Dion Waiters to be a James Harden clone

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    The reality is the Thunder is still in the process of determining what Waiters’ role will be. But his third game in a Thunder uniform, a meeting with old No. 13 on Thursday night in Houston, offers another peek into exactly what Waiters will bring.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: What's a realistic move we could see OKC make before the trade deadline?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The Thunder is at a bit of a crossroads, sitting at 18-19, on the outside of the playoffs looking in and needing to play far better in the second half. So this seems as good a time as any to check in with one of our occasional roundtables.

  • Thunder Notebook: Dion Waiters won't be in starting lineup just yet

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Monday that currently has no intention to stick recently acquired guard Dion Waiters into the starting lineup.

  • Thunder chat recap: Darnell Mayberry talks Reggie Jackson, OKC trade moves and Scott Brooks' 'big' decision

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Arrival of Dion Waiters might mean further diminished role for Reggie Jackson

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Publicly, team officials are downplaying the awkwardness of the Waiters trade and what the move might mean for Jackson’s future in OKC.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What has happened to OKC's defense?

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jan 10, 2015

    The Thunder, when healthy, hasn’t been a consistently dominant defensive team since the first half of last season. Since then we’ve seen steady slippage and significant struggles in this squad’s ability to get stops. It’s part of the reason why the Thunder remains under .500 and on the outside looking in of the current postseason picture.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters makes a splash in home debut as OKC beats Jazz

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    It was Durant’s drive-and-kick to newcomer Dion Waiters for a dagger 3-pointer with 23 seconds remaining that gave OKC enough breathing room to ultimately escape with a 99-94 home win over Utah on Friday night.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Can the Thunder stop its losing streak? OKC returns home to take on the Utah Jazz at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the web.

  • Seven years in and the Thunder still can't produce a sensible offense

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are averaging 51.3 points between them in the nine wins that the Thunder has notched when both have been in the lineup this season. In those nine games, the duo has shot 50.6 percent from the field. In the four losses in which both have been available, they’re averaging 45.3 […]




Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jan. 29 2015 11:00:19 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Our latest Thunder podcast -- LINK -- is now on iTunes: https://t.co/R7ALwCARWw
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jan. 29 2015 05:26:45 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: NEW Thunder Buddies Podcast: @DarnellMayberry @anthonyVslater ask if the Thunder's current issues are correctable: http:/…
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jan. 29 2015 05:12:18 PM CST RT @WojYahooNBA: Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook has been selected to the Western Conference All-Star reserves, league source tells Yahoo…
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jan. 29 2015 12:04:43 PM CST RT @FisolaNYDN: OKC was close to trading Reggie Jackson to Denver, according to a source. He is expected to be moved before the deadline.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jan. 28 2015 10:09:53 AM CST Who y'all got in the Super Bowl and why?
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:37:12 AM CST @JonesOnTheNBA We're saying the same thing.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:29:39 AM CST @JonesOnTheNBA It ain't just that. It's also his assist to turnover ratio tonight.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:26:40 AM CST @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 Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:18:20 AM CST 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 Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:11:20 AM CST Surprised Klay didn't take the 3 for the win there. He had an open look coming off.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jan. 28 2015 12:10:00 AM CST 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!

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