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.



  • OKC Thunder: What they're saying about Mitch McGary

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    What they’re saying about Mitch McGary. Michigan coach John Beilein — “His motor is what stands out to me and just about everybody else. That is one thing that is extremely important for him going forward…And when he’s in great shape, he can play all day long.” Utah guard Trey Burke — “He’s definitely a hard worker, first and foremost. With his ability to move without the ball and set screens and catch and shoot the little 7-foot, 8-foot jump shot that he can hit, I think he brings a lot of versatility.” Thunder forward Nick Collison — “He wants to listen. He wants to get better. Everybody loves him. He’s got great energy. He’s a guy you want to have on your team.

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary's rookie season raises excitement about his potential

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    The bruising power forward out of Michigan established himself as a fan favorite for his energy and passion and showed he could soon be a double-double machine.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb wants a fair, honest-to-goodness chance

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    After three largely fruitless NBA seasons in Oklahoma City, he doesn’t seem to care where he might have to go to get it.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Jeremy Lamb

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    After an encouraging second season, Jeremy Lamb reverted to a bench role for most of his third season. What happens next in his career is up to him. But most say he’s got the talent and work ethic to be a good player.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Lamb by the numbers

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb didn’t get much of a chance in his third season with the Thunder. The team’s injury-ravaged roster was dependent on him in the first two months. But it was downhill from there.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb was on a short leash this season. He fell out of the regular rotation for good by mid-December. He wasn’t bad when given the opportunity. But those opportunities came early and dried up quick.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Three writers discuss three questions. Today’s subject: Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder season review: Russell Westbrook report card

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Point guard was better than he’s ever been in 2014-15, setting career highs in several statistical categories

  • Oklahoma City Thunder season review: Russell Westbrook by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Russell Westbrook had a career year while carrying the load with Kevin Durant sidelined.

  • Russell Westbrook transformed into a capable leader during difficult season for the Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The defining moment that set the stage for Russell Westbrook’s sensational season took place in Tulsa, on an obscure October night, in an otherwise uneventful exhibition game inside the BOK Center. You had to be there to see it. And if you blinked, or had seats in the nosebleeds, you probably missed it. It was Westbrook at his worst. After missing a driving layup midway through the third quarter, Westbrook fell to the floor and sat directly in front of the stanchion, waiting for a foul call that wouldn’t come. The Thunder, meanwhile, was playing 4-on-5 after Steven Adams snatched the offensive rebound. And as Westbrook sat there, a teammate from the bench shouted something in his direction. “Shut the

  • Oklahoma City Thunder season review: What they're saying about Russell Westbrook

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Point guard’s all-around dominance drew praise from teammates, opposing players and opposing coaches.

  • Thunder again set to participate in Orlando Pro Summer League

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Thunder will play a five-game schedule in the this year’s Orlando Pro Summer League, which will run from July 4-10 . Oklahoma City will be joined by Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn, Memphis and host Orlando, which will enter two teams in the field. The Thunder opens summer league play […]

  • Rapper Lil B goes from hounding Kevin Durant to putting James Harden on notice

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    You remember Lil B? The rapper who over the past several seasons has engaged in a comical internet beef with Thunder forward Kevin Durant, a beef in which the rapper supposedly put a curse on KD? Well, he’s back. Now the rapper has sent out a warning to Houston guard James Harden that he could […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Step-back jumper is Dion Waiters' baby

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    It’s a challenging but clever maneuver, a move designed to create separation, provide ample space to get off an uncontested shot and keep defenders off balance. When executed properly it is a thing of beauty.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters did an admirable job under the circumstances. He came to the Thunder in mid-season, got thrust into different roles and did his best to be a positive contributor on both ends. But his production left more to be desired, and his end-of-the-year grades reflect that.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Dion Waiters

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Everyone seems to have an opinion about Dion Waiters. Some are favorable. Most aren’t. But the men who have coached Waiters and played with him often tell a different story.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters added a much-needed scoring threat to an injury-plagued roster. But he struggled all season shooting the ball and it resulted in several career lows in key efficiency categories.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Perry Jones' season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Perry Jones’ season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder to pick 14th after NBA Draft Lottery

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City remained in the 14th slot after the NBA Draft Lottery determined the draft order of the 14 non-playoff teams on Tuesday night.




Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:00 PM What life was like for Billy Donovan after his national titles at Florida http://t.co/8OgnPmRDHy
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 27 2015 10:31:55 AM CST @BOOMERMACU Recess
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 26 2015 05:41:38 PM CST @BOOMERMACU ESPN
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 26 2015 01:50:45 PM CST Thunder guard D.J. Augustin remembers living through Hurricane Katrina http://t.co/ROr0cFv3fP
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 20 2015 02:05:07 PM CST RT @UpTheThunder: When someone asks if you're worried about KD being a free agent next summer. https://t.co/NkbcSbFHBa
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 18 2015 03:46:24 PM CST @campbell_mat Nah. But that's probably fair given the circumstances.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 18 2015 12:44:38 PM CST The Thunder has announced its preseason schedule. http://t.co/GPNVxSRVGW
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Aug. 17 2015 03:32:18 PM CST My man @TerranceHarris on D.J. Augustin's impact on three schools post-Katrina http://t.co/v55Ky1I91Z
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Aug. 17 2015 02:56:33 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: New Thunder podcast: Billy Donovan talks Wall Street days, building a dynasty at Florida and more -> http://t.co/55v4OS…
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Aug. 17 2015 12:58:09 PM CST @BOOMERMACU me too.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Aug. 17 2015 12:29:41 PM CST @BOOMERMACU In Living Color.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Aug. 16 2015 12:37:18 PM CST From @anthonyvslater: How a short stint on Wall Street led Billy Donovan to coaching http://t.co/BlKiA6fuLJ
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 13 2015 03:28:49 PM CST Single game tickets for all Thunder home games in 2015-16 will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 13 2015 02:44:54 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater New Thunder podcast discussing the schedule: http://t.co/rpRLl9yEXT
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 13 2015 01:46:25 PM CST OKC Thunder: TV schedule shows networks still view Thunder as elite http://t.co/U5WX9cn1PM
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 13 2015 12:47:02 PM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast dropping today
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 13 2015 10:22:08 AM CST @BOOMERMACU Had never heard that one. I like it. Thanks for sharing.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 13 2015 10:03:35 AM CST @BOOMERMACU As a kid it was Psalms 56:3. And it's always stayed with me.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 12 2015 05:37:06 PM CST Thunder games by day Sunday: 13 Monday: 12 Tuesday: 10 Wednesday: 16 Thursday: 10 Friday: 13 Saturday: 8
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 12 2015 05:28:23 PM CST The Thunder is scheduled to play 16 back-to-backs this season. OKC played 18 back-to-back sets last season, which were tied for third fewest

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