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.

  • Ben Simmons wins Wayman Tisdale Award

    Ben Simmons wins Wayman Tisdale Award

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Mar 17, 2016

    Louisiana State standout Ben Simmons has been selected as the recipient of the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as the national freshman of the year, it was announced Thursday. The award is voted on by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Simmons led all Division I freshman with an 11.8-rebound average and was third among all freshman in scoring at 19.8 points per game. Simmons also ranked fifth nationally among all players with 22 double-doubles and shot 56 percent from the field. Simmons will be presented with the Tisdale Award at the College Basketball Awards gala and dinner on April 11 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

  • Plane carrying Cal State Bakersfield basketball team makes emergency landing

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Mar 16, 2016

    An airplane carrying the traveling party for the Cal State Bakersfield men's basketball team as it makes its way to Oklahoma City has made an emergency landing in Las Vegas, according to multiple reports. The exact reason for the emergency landing is unclear. It's being described as a medical emergency to one of the members of the traveling party, but is said to not involve any of the team's players or coaches. Oklahoma is scheduled to play Cal State Bakersfield in the opening round Friday at 3 p.m. A snap shot of Cal State Bakersfield's travel day can be seen in a string of various Twitter posts. Wheels up to the Big Dance Goal accomplished after 5 years of work.

  • President Obama predicts Oklahoma will go down in the Sweet 16

    President Obama predicts Oklahoma will go down...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Mar 16, 2016

    For the final time in his presidency, Barack Obama has completed his bracket for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. You can watch the president make his selections with ESPN's Andy Katz. But if you're a Sooners fan you might not like what you see. While he expressed admiration for Oklahoma star Buddy Hield, Obama has the Sooners falling to Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 after opening-weekend victories over Cal State Bakersfield and VCU. "This was tough," Obama said of his selection of Texas A&M over Oklahoma, "because I think (Hield) is a great player and I think he's going to be a great pro. But all these teams (in the West Regional), I think, are evenly matched. I like the veteran leadership

  • OU Basketball: Sooners star Buddy Hield on the cover of Sports Illustrated

    OU Basketball: Sooners star Buddy Hield on the...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Mar 15, 2016

    This week's Sports Illustrated's new March Madness 2016 issue features Oklahoma star Buddy Hield with the cover line, "We Got This Dance, It's Anybody's Title? Buddy Hield and the Sooners Disagree" Other covers this week feature Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart, North Carolina forward Brice Johnson and Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff. You can see all four covers and read more about the issue here.

  • Thunder: Monty Williams to miss remainder of season

    Thunder: Monty Williams to miss remainder of...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Mar 11, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that assistant coach Monty Williams will not return to the team this season after the passing of his wife Ingrid last month.  Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti: “The most important thing for Monty during this time is for him to be with his family, and the most important thing for us as an organization is to support him as a person, in any way that we can. Even though Monty will not return to the team this season, his presence will be felt by all of us within the program and we will remain close with him and his family.

  • Baylor running back arrested in Oklahoma for possession of marijuana

    Baylor running back arrested in Oklahoma for...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Mar 11, 2016

    Baylor running back Devin Chafin was arrested Friday morning and booked into the Tillman County Jail for possession of marijuana, according to the Tillman County Sheriff's office. Tillman County is in southwest Oklahoman, along the Red River. Cities and towns in Tillman County include Frederick, Grandfield, Davidson, Hollister, Loveland, Tipton and Manitou. From the Facebook post announcing the arrest: At approximately 0805 hours this morning, Sheriff Whittington stopped a vehicle for speeding approximately 13 miles west of Grandfield on Highway 70. During the course of the stop, it was discovered that the occupants were in possession of marijuana and marijuana candy that they purchased in Colorado

  • Russell Wilson proposes to girlfriend Ciara

    Russell Wilson proposes to girlfriend Ciara

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Mar 11, 2016

    Russell Wilson is tying the knot. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback on Friday afternoon announced via Twitter that he has proposed to his girlfriend, singer Ciara. The two are believed to have begun dating in April 2015. In the posted video, Wilson says "She said yes." A giddy Ciara responds "I'm so excited. God is so good." She said Yes!!! Since Day 1 I knew you were the one. No Greater feeling... #TrueLove @Ciara pic.twitter.com/qsufVC6snm — Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 11, 2016 // Nice ring.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Discussing Russell Westbrook's triple-double and the free agency rumors around Kevin Durant

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Discussing Russell...

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne,darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Mar 10, 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 -- 03/10 (<–Click Here) - Russell Westbrook detonated for a historic triple-double against the Clippers on Thursday night. What played into the performance. And there's been plenty of free agency chatter surrounding Kevin Durant of late? Legendary Thunder Buddy Darnell Mayberry joins the podcast to discuss.

  • Thunder: Has Kevin Durant ruled out New York in free agency?

    Thunder: Has Kevin Durant ruled out New York in...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Mar 9, 2016

    According to a New York Daily News report, Kevin Durant does not consider the Knicks a potential destination when he becomes a free agent on July 1. From the report: Forget that the Knicks have an unresolved situation at coach, they’ll also need to get creative with the roster just to free up enough cap space for a max free agent. A source told The News that the biggest fish in the summer pond, Kevin Durant, does not consider the Knicks as a destination. Durant just responded to another free agency report on Tuesday, shooting down that one and again saying if a sourced report doesn't come from him or those closest to him then he doesn't know where it came from.

  • Broadcaster: Kevin Durant will leave if Thunder doesn't make Finals

    Broadcaster: Kevin Durant will leave if Thunder...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Mar 8, 2016

    Joel Meyers is the voice of the New Orleans Pelicans. Prior to that, he had served as a team broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers for nearly a decade, first as the radio play-by-play man before moving to the same role as on the television broadcast. He's one of the best and most respected broadcasters in the business. During a radio segment on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Monday, Meyers entered the Kevin Durant free agency talk by reporting that the Thunder must make the Finals or Durant will sign elsewhere this summer, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. You can listen to the conversation here. Here is a transcript of what Meyers said. I made some calls over the weekend, Vinny.

  • Thunder journal: OKC players, coaches reflect on Aubrey McClendon memorial

    Thunder journal: OKC players, coaches reflect...

    By Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Mar 7, 2016

    On Monday, the team gathered to honor Thunder part-owner Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy who died March 2 in a single-vehicle crash in northeast Oklahoma City.

  • Marcus Smart fined $15,000 for making obscene gesture

    Marcus Smart fined $15,000 for making obscene...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Mar 7, 2016

    Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for making an obscene gesture, the league announced Monday. The incident occurred with 1:49 remaining in the third quarter of the Celtics' 105-104 win over New York on March 4 at TD Garden. Smart, the former Oklahoma State standout, received the fine for grabbing at his crotch. The incident was captured in various screenshots, including this one on Twitter by @TheOkiePokie. The NBA fined Marcus Smart $15K for making "obscene gesture" to referee: https://t.co/yObVhLvdLf pic.twitter.

  • Reggie Jackson gets rejected by his coach for a high five

    Reggie Jackson gets rejected by his coach for a...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Mar 7, 2016

    Reggie Jackson is having a career year in his first full season in Detroit. The former Thunder guard is averaging 19.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists in just 30.9 minutes per game. But if he's looking for his coach, Stan Van Gundy, to pat him on the back, he can forget it. Jackson couldn't get so much as a high five from Van Gundy during Sunday's win against Portland, a 20-point Pistons rout in which Jackson scored 30 points with nine assists against just one turnover. It was the seventh time Jackson has topped 30 points this season. Seven 30-point games this season for Detroit's Reggie Jackson ...

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Charles Barkley says he's off the Thunder's bandwagon

    Oklahoma City Thunder: Charles Barkley says...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Mar 4, 2016

    Charles Barkley has long been a vocal critic but staunch fan of the Thunder's roster. But on Thursday night, as Oklahoma City was stumbling to its sixth loss in eight games since the All-Star break, Barkley said he has seen enough. The TNT studio analyst declared he is officially off the Thunder bandwagon. The discussion, which can be seen here, began with the Inside the NBA crew recapping last Saturday's disheartening home defeat to Golden State before snaking through to Wednesday's equally-disappointing loss at the Los Angeles Clippers and finally Thursday's game at Golden State. "I understand Steph Curry’s great," Barkley said.

  • McClendon had a great passion for the Oklahoma City Thunder

    McClendon had a great passion for the Oklahoma...

    By Darnell Mayberry Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Mar 3, 2016

    McClendon’s role in helping to bring the NBA to OKC began well before he became a minority owner with the Thunder.

  • OU basketball: Sooners standout Khadeem Lattin appears in ESPN the Magazine

    OU basketball: Sooners standout Khadeem Lattin...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Mar 1, 2016

    Fifty years ago, Khadeem Lattin’s grandfather, David Lattin, and his Texas Western teammates helped changed the course of college basketball. Dana O'Neil, in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, took a look at how Khadeem Lattin, the Oklahoma sophomore, is now attempting to continue the family legacy with this year's Sooners. The story starts with Lattin waking up on the morning after last season's regular season finale. The Sooners had just knocked off Kansas in Norman. Buddy Hield's tip-in with 0.2 seconds remaining was the difference. But Lattin woke to the news of the racist video of SAE fraternity members. "It had been such a great day," Lattin told ESPN The Magazine.

  • Thunder journal: Thunder shot contesting in focus as Golden State comes to OKC

    Thunder journal: Thunder shot contesting in...

    By Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry   | Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    Clusters of 3-pointers allowed have hurt the Thunder in the last two road games. Before playing the Pelicans, Kevin Durant said there’s no worry, but giving up 60 percent from 3 to New Orleans raised eyebrows again.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Free agent guard Joe Johnson commits to signing with Miami

    Oklahoma City Thunder: Free agent guard Joe...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    After agreeing to a buyout with Brooklyn, free agent guard Joe Johnson has agreed to join the Miami Heat for the remainder of the season, according to multiple reports. Shams Charania of The Vertical first reported Johnson had committed to a deal. Free agent Joe Johnson has committed to a deal with the Miami Heat after he clears waivers, league sources tell The Vertical. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 26, 2016 // Note: Joe Johnson to the Heat isn't finalized, + cannot be until he clears waivers this weekend.

  • Why Tyler Lockett almost had to give up football

    Why Tyler Lockett almost had to give up football

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    The NFL Scouting Combine workouts get underway today, kicking off a pivotal week for prospects to improve their draft stock or simply prove they belong. Lives can change forever this weekend depending on a prospect's performance. Tyler Lockett remembers how his nearly changed a year ago when he attended the combine. Lockett, the Tulsa native who starred at Tulsa Washington before moving on to Kansas State and the Seattle Seahawks, posted his recollection of his near life-changing moment to his Instagram account Thursday. Here's what Locket wrote in his post: Around this time last year at the combine, I was told that I'm not be able to perform until some test was ran on me.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Who's better: Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook?

    Oklahoma City Thunder: Who\'s better: Kevin...

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    On this day a year ago, Russell Westbrook posted the third of his 11 triple-doubles last season. One week prior, he had erupted for a game-high 41 points en route to MVP honors in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. One week later, he registered another triple-double, his fourth consecutive triple-double, his sixth of the season and the second fastest in NBA history. It was in that three-week span that fans near and far were forced to take notice. Westbrook was on another level, one he had never been on and one that no other player had reached in that season. Discussions soon began about whose sensational stretch was better: Westbrook's in that window or Kevin Durant's ridiculous "Slim Reaper" stretch, one that last

Darnell Mayberry Today at 6:08 PM @MikeSherman Agreed
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:42 PM @Dudrh3 Same could've been said going into the playoffs. Some of us said it. More are starting to. That's how it's changing. And it's fair.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:22 PM @Dudrh3 how is it dangerous?
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:53 PM RT @TimBontemps: Lot of interesting & compelling thoughts on my friend @chrisadempsey's timeline about the recent stats debate. Worth your…
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:38 PM @S0ULGIFTED It's a great question. We'll look into it.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:24 PM @gregcspencer @KOCOCarson If they don't throw it all over the court in the last five minutes we're not talking about this.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:21 PM @Elroy_Bond @trillac_ noted it last night: https://t.co/CjhembypY1
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:17 PM @chrisadempsey Well said, Chris.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:13 PM @KOCOCarson @gregcspencer No. It's the West Finals. He has to persevere. OKC isn't loaded with versatile defenders. Gotta fight through it.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:10 PM RT @ESPNStatsInfo: There have been 36 teams to lose Game 6 at home with a 3-2 series lead. 12 of those 36 teams came back to win Game 7 htt
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:58 PM RT @WhitlockJason: OKC has better roster and coach. OKC wins Game 7.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:51 PM @thunderintl Off the top of my head, 29 other teams.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:48 PM Narrative slowly changing. https://t.co/6VgeV2z4Y2
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:43 PM @thunderfanmc They better be after last night.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:34 PM RT @ESPNStatsInfo: Durant/Westbrook: 0-4 w/ 6 TO in final 5 min of Game 6 They are 8-37 w/ 13 TO in clutch time (last 5 min, score within…
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:31 PM @40oz_Vic Lol. Right.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 10:06 AM @exodus195 Meh. He always takes the blame, whether he was at fault or not. Does it so much it's sort of hollow at this point. To me anyway.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:26 AM @JonMHamm Did the Warriors win this game, or did the Thunder lose it? Thanks. I'll take it off the air.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:22 AM @megan4892 Let me guess, you didn't watch the game again and only looked at the box score.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 28 2016 10:52:28 PM CST @kpelton We are too. :)