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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Think you can improve the Thunder's roster?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Do you think the Thunder should make a trade before next Thursday’s trading deadline? Do you have an idea of what the Thunder should do? We want to hear from you. Send us your best trade ideas and we’ll publish them at NewsOK.com. But before you get carried away playing Thunder general manager Sam Presti, enter your trade scenarios at espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine to make sure your proposal works under NBA rules. If you create a successful trade, save it and send the link to dmayberry@oklahoman.com. You also can submit your trade proposal via Twitter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Blake Griffin suspended four games by the Los Angeles Clippers

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    When the Thunder and Clippers meet twice in a seven-day span in early March, it looks as though Los Angeles definitely will be without the services of All-Star forward Blake Griffin. The Clippers announced Tuesday afternoon that they have suspended Griffin for four games for his fight with a team employee. Griffin currently is sidelined for multiple weeks while recovering from surgery due to a broken hand he sustained in the altercation. The team released the following joint statement from owner Steve Ballmer and President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Doc Rivers: The L.A. Clippers announced today that forward Blake Griffin has been suspended without pay for four games for striking a team

  • Could Scott Brooks replace Derek Fisher as Knicks coach?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Derek Fisher has been fired after just 1 1/2 seasons as coach of the New York Knicks, the team announced Monday morning. Following a promising start in which the Knicks went 20-20 in their first 40 games this season, New York has lost five straight and nine of its past 10. Fisher finished his Knicks tenure with a 40-96 record. With an injury-ravaged roster, the Knicks went 17-65 last season. Now, the Knicks need to find a replacement. Kurt Rambis has been named interim coach. But  the Knicks are expected to pursue a different lead man as a long-term solution.

  • Changes may be coming to NBA's controversial Hack-A-Shaq rule

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver sounds determined to curb the league's intentional fouling strategy, commonly referred to as "Hack-A-Shaq," and indicated changes may be on the horizon to the widely-disputed technique. Appearing on USA TODAY's NBA podcast, Silver suggested the league will implement changes to the rule this summer. "I'm increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer," Silver said. Debate over the strategy has intensified over the last several seasons due to its dramatic rise in popularity among coaches game-planning against teams with poor free throw shooters. Some have defended the tactic as basic basketball

  • Oklahoma football recruiting: Did an Oklahoma fan upset a 5-Star recruit with angry tweets?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Caleb Kelly is a five-star linebacker from Fresno, Calif. He's ranked as the third best outside linebacker and the 14th best overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com. As National Signing Day approaches Wednesday, Kelly has narrowed his college choices to Oklahoma, Oregon and Notre Dame. If the Sooners land him, he will be the jewel of OU's 2016 class. But did one antsy Sooners fan possibly hurt his team's chances by sending angry tweets at Kelly on Monday afternoon? Usually don't comment on fans but damn this ignorance is crazy. Recruits let it be known to ignore people like this! pic.twitter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Stephen Curry already predicting a win over the Thunder next week

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The highly-anticipated first meeting between Oklahoma City and Golden State didn't need anymore buildup. Stephen Curry just added some anyway. Curry, the league's reigning MVP and frontrunner to win the award again this year, called out the Thunder on Thursday in an interview with ESPN's Sage Steele, according to Warriors beat writer Diamond Leung. Stephen Curry on the Warriors playing Oklahoma City Thunder the day before the Super Bowl: "It'll be a good 48 hours - a win and a win." — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) January 28, 2016 // Stephen Curry laughed and Sage Steele said, "Oooo, I like when you talk

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: New York drooling over Kevin Durant

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    When the NBA arrived in Oklahoma City, not in 2008 with the Thunder but in 2005 with the temporarily-displaced New Orleans Hornets, local media members had a nagging habit of asking the same thing over and over. "What do you think of us?" We'd pose that question to everyone from David Stern to Peja Stojakovic. It got old fast. But this city was seeking validation that it could support a pro franchise. And because positive reactions were the norm, our audiences were eating up those quotes. So we kept asking. Ten years later, those questions have ceased. The Thunder is here to stay. Oklahoma City is without question a "big-league city," and a championship parade is all that's on the

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys to wear tribute jerseys on 'Remember the 10 night'

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    To honor the memories of those lost 15 years ago, the Oklahoma State basketball team will wear special tribute jerseys when they face Baylor in Wednesday’s Remember The Ten night. Wednesday's game, which tips off at 8 p.m. on ESPNU, will be played 15 years to the date of the tragedy. The tribute jerseys feature “Cowboys” in script lettering across the front, and are similar to those worn in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Southwest lobby of Gallagher-Iba Arena, better known as the Memorial lobby, will open at 8 a.m. for anyone who would like to pay their respects or leave a memento. Coach Eddie Sutton, along with former players, alumni, friends and family members will be in attendance

  • Update: Blake Griffin reportedly out weeks with broken hand stemming from fight with team employee

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Update: 10:45 a.m.: There is now a story behind the "undisclosed team-related incident" that resulted in Griffin's fractured right hand. According to ESPN's Michael Eaves, Griffin busted his hand during a fight with a member of the Los Angeles Clippers equipment staff on Sunday night in Toronto. #Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his right hand after hitting a member of the team's equipment staff during an argument in Toronto — Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) January 26, 2016 // The altercation started in a restaurant. It proceeded outside where Griffin hit the equipment staffer multiple times.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Travis Ford's 10 biggest wins at OSU

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Oklahoma State pulled off another upset Tuesday night, its latest in a growing catalog under coach Travis Ford. This one again came against Kansas, marking the third straight season that the Cowboys have stunned the Jayhawks inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU is now the only team in the country to knock off Kansas in each of the past three seasons. But don't tell Ford that his Cowboys have the Jayhawks' number. While several of OSU's biggest wins under Ford have indeed come against Kansas, there are quite a few other notable victories in the Ford era. Here is a list of the 10 biggest.[pagebreak] NO. 10: OSU 76, N.C. STATE 56 (NOV.

  • WATCH: Travis Ford addresses his team after OSU's upset of Kansas

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    OSU coach Travis Ford got emotional immediately following his team's 86-67 upset victory over No. 3-ranked Kansas on Tuesday night. And rightfully so. The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak, a skid in which they lost by a combined 41 points (including 17-point blowouts at Baylor and West Virginia). The win also was OSU's third straight against Kansas inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Last year, the Cowboys knocked off Kansas when the Jayhawks were the eighth-ranked team in the county. In 2014, OSU pulled the upset when Kansas was ranked fifth in the nation. Ford's message this year: bottle up that same level of play and build on it. What do you say to your team after

  • Thunder journal: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh comment on this version of the Thunder

    By Anthony Slater, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry   | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    The Heat's Wade, Bosh and coach Erik Spoelstra still have a good perspective on the Thunder. They were three of the four main faces for the only team to conquer OKC’s young core back in the 2012 playoffs.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant named Player of the Week

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Kevin Durant has been named Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 17, the NBA announced Monday. Durant led the Thunder to a 4-0 week with  averages of 26 points (third in the Western Conference), 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.  He logged a 30-point game and two point-rebound double-doubles as OKC defeated Dallas, Miami and Minnesota (twice). On Jan. 13, Durant shot 9-of-14 from the field en route to a game-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists during a 108-89 win over the Mavericks. Here's a closer look at Durant's week: Jan. 12 @ Minnesota: Scored 30 points and added seven rebounds and three assists in a 101-96

  • Oklahoma Christian coach Dan Hays resigning after 33 years

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Dan Hays, one of the most successful basketball coaches in college basketball history, is resigning from his longtime post as men's coach at Oklahoma Christian at the end of the 2015-16 season, OC Athletic Director Curtiz Janz  announced Friday. Hays, 69, is in his 33rd season with the Eagles and his 38th season as a collegiate head coach. He's compiled a 721-460 record entering Saturday's game at Dallas Baptist. He ranks 42nd all-time among coaches at four-year colleges at any level and is No. 20 among active coaches. He has recorded more wins at an Oklahoma university than any other coach in the state's hoops history and is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, the OC Athletic Hall of Fame and the Eastern New

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mavericks PA announcer takes shot at Oklahoma City

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Tempers flared on the court between the Thunder and Mavericks on Wednesday  night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena when Russell Westbrook and J.J. Barea got into two dust-ups. But just before the Thunder put a bow on its dominant victory against a shorthanded Dallas squad resting its entire regular starting lineup, there was one more jab that came from the Mavs camp. Let them enjoy this, @espn_macmahon . They have so little in OKC. They should celebrate running an 8-man roster out of the gym. — Sean Heath (@seanheath) January 14, 2016 // Sean Heath is the Mavericks' public address announcer. He sent the tweet to Tim MacMahon, who covers the

  • Video: Kevin Durant's newest commercial

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Panini America and Kevin Durant have agreed to a long-term, exclusive business partnership, the company announced Monday. Under the agreement, Durant will become a global spokesman for the sports and entertainment collectibles company. Durant has endorsed Panini America for the past five years. But with this new agreement, Durant's autographed trading cards and memorabilia will be available exclusively through Panini America and Panini Authentic. In addition, Durant will have what the company is calling "unprecedented input into product development and creative for select Panini NBA trading card products, as well as into product development for his Panini Authentic memorabilia products.

  • Oklahoma State football: Emmanuel Ogbah signs with super agent Drew Rosenhaus

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    Emmanuel Ogbah is about to get paid. For real! After leading the Big 12 in sacks this season, the Oklahoma State junior defensive end declared for the 2016 NFL Draft, in which he is projected as a late first or early second round pick. But on Friday, Ogbah might have taken a huge step toward positioning himself to shoot up the draft board and earn an even bigger payday. That's because Ogbah signed with super agent Drew Rosenhaus. Welcome to the RSR family @Eman_OSU38 pic.twitter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The NBA's top five Euro steps

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    It's a move designed to smoothly evade a sleeping defender. You take a hard step to the left or right then sidestep a stationary defender with a quick step in the opposite direction. It's known as the Euro step. Basketball players at all levels often use the quick maneuver to sliver through defenses, avoid offensive fouls and leave defenders dumbfounded. Russell Westbrook executed a beautiful Euro step against Memphis on Wednesday night, then he immediately celebrated by replicating the memorable move against no one (twice) as he transitioned the other way. Westbrook is using the Eurostep more and more as one of his many offenses weapons. But a handful of other players around the league do

  • What they're saying about the OU-Kansas classic

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Anyone who watched Kansas outlast Oklahoma for a 109-106 triple overtime victory Monday night is still talking about the game today. It was that good. Many have even deemed it the best basketball game they've ever seen. Hyperbole? Prisoners of the moment? Not this time. Monday's game was no doubt an instant classic. And rightfully so, the sports world is still buzzing about it. Here's a sampling of the reaction to Monday night's epic showdown.

  • OU basketball: Sooners tickets going fast after Big Monday classic

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    The battle that was billed as No. 1 vs. No. 1 lived up to the hype Monday night, as Oklahoma and Kansas assembled a triple overtime thriller that went down as an instant classic. The Jayhawks prevailed 109-106. But Sooners star Buddy Hield stole the show with a career-high 46 points, matching the most points scored by a visiting player to Allen Fieldhouse. Hield added eight rebounds and seven assists and made eight of 15 3-pointers. Jordan Woodard had 27 points for the Sooners, and three Kansas players scored at least 20 points, led by Perry Ellis' 27 points and 13 rebounds.

Darnell Mayberry Today at 5:03 PM Love hearing Draymond Green's mindset on triple-doubles...hmmm.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:25 PM RT @JMcDonald_SAEN: Is this Billy Donovan quote for real? "I really actually thought we played pretty good defense and did a good job."
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:23 PM @KhariConception Meanwhile, I'm watching a better two-way guy who OKC had a chance to snag a long time ago: https://t.co/gdfyKz4yNb
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:10 PM Love hearing Wade talking about working on his skill set, not relying on athleticism. That's what I want to see Westbrook do...on both ends!
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 10:37:12 PM CST Westbrook's reactions to Durant's comments this postseason have been comedy! https://t.co/39GWXTlDYn
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:34:09 PM CST #theyjustgothot
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:30:31 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: This would be the biggest comeback in NBA Playoff history, FYI https://t.co/GRd4QUj8QA
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:27:34 PM CST @sugarjen11 Somebody's gotta tell him. Might as well be you. Hopefully he sees it at halftime.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:26:28 PM CST Transition. Pick and roll. Fouling 3-point shooters. Communication. Rotations...what other areas can OKC struggle with defensively?
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:17:13 PM CST Kanter just sagging off West/Aldridge. I don't get it. They're only 2 of the best mid-range shooters of, oh, I don't know, the last 20 years
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:12:37 PM CST @OKRelig No one saw this coming.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:10:07 PM CST Welp, at least KD didn't foul Green on that one.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:08:39 PM CST Thunder gon Thunder. How many times are they going to foul 3-point shooters? Geez.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:01:18 PM CST 43 points. In the first quarter. Of a playoff game!
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:52:46 PM CST @realkoolin Now what now?
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:38:13 PM CST Spurs getting whatever they want right now. Whatever. They. Want.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:39:31 AM CST @DeeringTornado James Posey!
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:35:46 AM CST Does this mean these cats are out here playing at a level on D that we haven't seen since the '04 Pistons? https://t.co/ZT340AYlP3
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:14:32 AM CST Big time cover here from the @ExpressNews. And a potentially frightening one if you're a Thunder fan. https://t.co/aWAUVzFOCf
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:10:32 AM CST "Aliases." "Flown under the radar." This is Prince we're talkin' bout -- https://t.co/KklgmflSEV