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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary has lost nearly 30 pounds on a mission to transform his body and come back playing the best basketball of his life

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    McGary credits the weight loss to cooking classes, a healthier diet and rigorous workouts. By eating better and transforming his body, McGary believes he’ll put himself in a better position to stay healthy and play the best basketball of his life.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant says, "I got to lose some weight"

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    This summer appears to be Durant’s biggest physical jump. He looks to be bigger than ever before as he lounges around the Amway Center practice court taking in the action on the first two days of the Orlando Pro Summer League.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Semaj Christon hits game-winner, lifts Thunder over Charlotte in Orlando Pro Summer League play

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Semaj Christon scored the game-winning basket on a driving layup with 20.4 seconds remaining to lift the Thunder to a 76-74 win over Charlotte on the opening day of the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant shows up unexpectedly at the Orlando Summer League, says surgically-repaired foot is progressing on schedule

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Here was Kevin Durant, high volume scorer, arguably the world’s best player, walking around just like anyone else on the first day of the Orlando Pro Summer, walking around just fine after three surgeries to correct his problematic right foot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder summer league schedule

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder Summer League schedule   Saturday: Thunder vs. Charlotte, 2 p.m. Monday: Thunder vs. Orlando Blue, 2 p.m. Tuesday: Thunder vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 4 p.m. Thursday: Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 4 p.m. Friday: TBD.   *All times central.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Time for Mitch McGary to strut his stuff

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    The day that Mitch McGary has looked forward to for weeks has finally come. And when the Thunder opens play in the 2015 Orlando Pro Summer League on Saturday afternoon, all eyes will be on him.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC re-signs Kyle Singler

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

         On the opening day of free agency, the Thunder swiftly accomplished one of the two things it set out to do this summer.      The team agreed to re-sign restricted free agent Kyle Singler, coming to terms with the reserve forward on a five-year deal worth more than $24 million on Wednesday. The deal could keep Singler in Oklahoma City through the 2019-20 season, although the fifth year of the deal is a team option.      At first glance, the contract might appear to be a bit steep for a player who is projected to be the Thunder’s 11th man next season. But when compared to deals other players received around the league it begins to look more like fair market

  • Thunder, Kyle Singler agree to 5-year contract

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NBA FREE AGENCY - Deal will pay 6-foot-9 veteran forward close nearly $25 million

  • Thunder, Kyle Singler agree to 5-year contract

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NBA FREE AGENCY - Deal will pay 6-foot-9 veteran forward nearly $25 million

  • NBA: Brace yourself for an unpredictable free agency period

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Welcome to 2015 NBA free agency, a period most anticipate will be a crazed summer of league-wide spending. It’s the trickle down from the record nine-year, $24 billion television rights deal the league signed in October. As a result of that agreement, the NBA salary cap is projected to skyrocket from $67 million next season to approximately $90 million for the 2016-17 season, when the new television deal goes into effect.

  • OKC Thunder: Luke Ridnour, cash sent to Toronto for $2.85 million trade exception

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -- Oklahoma City has sent the contract of Luke Ridnour and cash to Toronto in exchange for a $2.85 million trade exception and the rights to Tomislav Zubcic, a Croatian player not likely to ever end up in Oklahoma City.

  • Billy Donovan hires Maurice Cheeks, Monty Williams to fill out Thunder staff

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Billy Donovan has fortified his biggest weakness the best way he could. The first-year Thunder coach went out and got exactly what he didn’t have. Experience. Two former NBA head coaches will be at Donovan’s side on the Thunder bench next season after the Thunder finalized its coaching staff with the hiring of Maurice Cheeks and Monty Williams as assistants. Cheeks, a former Thunder assistant on Scott Brooks’ staff for four seasons, and Williams bring a combined 14 years of NBA head coaching experience that is expected to aid Donovan in his transition from college to the NBA.

  • OKC Thunder: Maurice Cheeks to rejoin Thunder coaching staff

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    THUNDER COACHES -- New Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan has filled out his coaching staff. The final addition is Maurice Cheeks, who was on the Thunder staff from 2009-2013 before being named the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

  • OKC Thunder: Cameron Payne's character attracted the Thunder as much as his play

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    At the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago last month, he made it clear to everyone that he’s coming into the league with a chip on his shoulder, a product of long being overlooked and underappreciated. At his private workout for the Thunder in Oklahoma City two weeks ago, he was star struck during his unexpected encounter with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He couldn’t believe they knew his name. At the draft on Thursday night, moments after he had heard his name called with the 14th overall pick, he vowed to come in and “do the dirty work.” At his introductory press conference Saturday afternoon in downtown Oklahoma City, he was downright giddy, someone who was grateful for the opportunity and just happy to be

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Payne coming to OKC ready to prove his worth

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    With the Thunder next season, Payne is projected to be the third string point guard behind starter Russell Westbrook and backup D.J. Augustin.

  • Live Coverage: 2015 NBA Draft

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Who will the Thunder take at No. 14? Follow live coverage of the NBA Draft with The Oklahoman and more writers from around the nation

  • Thunder trades Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte Hornets

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb has been traded to Charlotte. In exchange for the fourth-year shooting guard, the Hornets are sending Oklahoma City veteran point guard Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Ridnour, however, has a non-guaranteed contract and will be waived at zero cost to the Thunder, effectively making the deal a salary dump for OKC. Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade. The Thunder also needed to declutter its roster to open a spot for whatever player it might select in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, as well as make room for Josh Huestis, last year’s first-round selection. After releasing Ridnour, the team’s roster will stand at 14 players, one below the maximum

  • Thunder close to trading Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte

    By Darnell MayberryStaff writer | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    After three rocky seasons in Oklahoma City, it appears that Jeremy Lamb’s time has come to an end. A move that has long been anticipated is creeping closer to completion, as the Thunder guard is on the verge of being traded. Oklahoma City has entered into advanced discussions with Charlotte to send the seldom-used reserve to the Hornets. For the Thunder, it’s a deal that would dump superfluous salary and open a roster spot that the team currently does not have. The Hornets would add shooting and depth in a player they’ve had their sights set on for quite some time. The talks were first reported Wednesday night by the Charlotte Observer and confirmed by The Oklahoman.

  • Trading the 14th pick a possibility for the Thunder in NBA draft

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    When Sam Presti talks about his team’s position in the upcoming NBA Draft, the Thunder general manager spends more time talking about vague scenarios and possibilities than actual prospects or team needs. He makes it a point to remind that there are a lot of options and opportunities, and that his job is to consider everything. “I think we probably have to look at how to add the most value to the organization with the draft pick, and that can come a lot of different ways,” Presti said. One of those ways is via trade. Oklahoma City could attempt to maximize the 14th overall selection Thursday night by packaging it and trying to move up in the draft. Several teams slotted in front of the Thunder — New

  • In their own words: Top NBA Draft prospects share the toughest players they faced last season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    We’re inside a week to the NBA Draft, and by now you probably are familiar with the most prominent prospects, the lottery-level talent and the players projected to be picked in the Thunder’s range. But who do this year’s best players feel were the best players they faced?

Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 25 2015 10:45:50 PM CST Compton or Top 5 Dead or Alive?
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 25 2015 06:37:37 PM CST @CoachHuddleston https://t.co/FQEVF9tBj6
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 25 2015 05:10:16 PM CST @CoachHuddleston Both
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 25 2015 01:16:14 AM CST @356BADMAN @jadande @JonesOnTheNBA @billoram Of course. But it's a question of mentality, not mileage.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 25 2015 01:10:17 AM CST @jadande @JonesOnTheNBA @billoram People laugh at Wiz MJ. But I watched him live at 38 drop 51-48 in b2b games. Possible b/c he adjusted.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 25 2015 01:03:13 AM CST @JonesOnTheNBA @jadande @billoram I recall MJ recognizing his limitations and tailoring his game accordingly (a second time) to be effective
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 25 2015 12:57:28 AM CST @jadande @billoram Hell, homeboy needed all of em tonight...Btw, am I delusional in remembering MJ handling his descent more gracefully?
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 25 2015 12:48:52 AM CST @billoram Do us all a favor and whisper to John Black to deadpan "last question."
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.