Darnell Mayberry
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.


Top Stories


  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Hasheem Thabeet

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Thabeet.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Derek Fisher by the numbers

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Thunder veteran has played for five franchises in 17 NBA seasons.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Looking back on Derek Fisher's Thunder tenure

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Derek Fisher.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Derek Fisher's 2013-14 season

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Taking a look at veteran guard Derek Fisher’s performance this season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What's next for Derek Fisher?

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    The day after the Thunder was eliminated, Derek Fisher sounded like he was coming to grips with the end of his career. Three days later, Fisher reportedly had entered into preliminary discussions with Knicks president Phil Jackson about the team’s vacant coaching job.

  • Nuggets from Game 1 of the NBA Finals

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    What a great game. What a great, great start to this series.  Unfortunately, the thing we’ll hear about all weekend is cramps. Cramps to LeBron James late in the fourth quarter became the story of the game. But it shouldn’t have. Both teams competed as hard as possible for 48 minutes. We saw great defense, […]

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder general manager Sam Presti says coach Scott Brooks is coming back for 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    “Scotty, I think, did an excellent job,” Presti said at his annual season-ending news conference. “I understand we all have a tendency to look at the last game or the last series. I respect that. That’s part of sports. I can’t do that. I’m looking at a body of work. I’m looking at an understanding of what drives our success and the way in which we’ve gotten to this point.”

  • OKC Thunder: The top 10 things on Sam Presti's summer to-do list

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    How the Thunder general manager completes his summer checklist will go a long way in shaping the future of the franchise.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Day 2 of exit interviews

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Today was the last day of exit interviews for players. With the Thunder getting most of the veterans out of the way Sunday, the young guns took their turn today. We spoke with Hasheem Thabeet, Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III, Andre Roberson and the always entertaining Steven Adams. Grant Jerrett didn’t meet with the media […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    The season is over, but we're still talking Thunder. Fixes, changes and the aftermath of the Western Conference Finals. Darnell Mayberry will be on at 11 a.m. answering your Thunder questions on the Power Lunch chat.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka named to NBA's All-Defensive First Team for third consecutive season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Ibaka received 54 First Team votes, which were worth two points each, and 44 Second Team votes, which were worth one point each, for a total of 152 points. He was joined on the First Team by Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala, Paul George and Joakim Noah. Paul is the only other player to receive First Team All-Defensive honors in each of the last three seasons.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What's next for the Thunder with the offseason looming?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    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 OKC’s only professional team. 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 - 05/30 - Kevin Durant's postseason offensive numbers are still solid, but the regular season MVP hasn't had the same all-around impact as we saw a couple months ago. Does OKC need more out of him? Does he have another level to go? Is Scott Brooks secretly a robot. We discuss.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from Thunder exit interviews

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    The morning after. Reality set in Sunday, when player after player was paraded into the media workroom inside the Thunder’s practice facility, where they answered question after question about what went wrong , what went right and what the team can be build on. The season is officially over. Thunder coach Scott Brooks and eight […]

  • OKC Thunder: Derek Fisher says Thunder can't 'accept anything less than being the best'

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    In perhaps his final statements as a professional basketball player, Fisher, five-time NBA champion, perhaps soon-to-be head coach, discussed in great detail what the missing ingredients are for the Oklahoma City Thunder in its elusive pursuit of an NBA championship.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder Behind the numbers in the Spurs' Game 6 victory

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    0: Second-half minutes played by Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who was battling foot soreness. 1:32: Minutes remaining in third quarter when the Thunder’s bench scored its first points. 5: Bench points by the Thunder. San Antonio’s reserves scored 51 points. All five of the Thunder’s bench points were scored by Derek Fisher. 14: Ties on Saturday night. 17: Lead changes in Game 6. 22: Second-chance points scored by the Spurs. OKC had eight. 33: Spurs points off 20 Thunder turnovers. 35: 3-pointers attempted by San Antonio. The Spurs made 11. 37: Points scored in the third quarter by San Antonio. The Spurs outscored the Thunder 37-20 in the quarter. 48:34: Minutes played by

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Turnovers, poor defensive rebounding help do in Thunder in Game 6 loss

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    The Thunder struggled to seize control of the contest and create some much-needed separation from these strong-minded Spurs.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Spurs, Game 6

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, May 31, 2014

    Can the Thunder avoid elimination tonight against the Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals? Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Jenni Carlson, Anthony Slater and more from pregame to postgame.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Game 6 has been good to Kevin Durant this postseason

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Fri, May 30, 2014

    Game 6 has been good to Kevin Durant this postseason. The star forward has been phenomenal in those contests, posting monster numbers and leading his team to pivotal victories in each of the first two rounds to help OKC get to this point. But in order for the Thunder to keep its season alive, Durant might need to be even better Saturday night.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Does the Thunder need more out of Kevin Durant?

    Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    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 OKC’s only professional team. 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 - 05/28 - Since the last time we talked to you, the Thunder has turned its series with the Spurs and its postseason hopes completely around. Serge Ibaka valiantly returned in Game 3 and Russell Westbrook destroyed the world in Game 4. Was it his best performance ever? Did the Thunder handle Ibaka's injury poorly?




Darnell Mayberry Today at 1:52 PM Story: Anthony Morrow agrees to sign with the Thunder. Deal could pay up to $10 million over three years- LINK
Darnell Mayberry Today at 12:28 PM Anthony Morrow has agreed to join the Thunder, giving Oklahoma City a 3-point shooter and depth on the wing. Story coming soon.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 9:45 AM LeBron James is returning to Cleveland — but he never really left LINK
Darnell Mayberry Today at 9:39 AM @YucatanTacosOKC No. The plan is to re-sign him. No need to trade him right now.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 9:36 AM @MarkBruty I think it's within reason to expect they add a shooter.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 9:34 AM @ob1_a Not much. I don't think the negotiation was going to start at less than $7 million before that deal. So it changes nothing.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 9:08 AM @cspritchard Pelicans scooped him up yesterday.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 9:05 AM @jlshottenkirk Thank you.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:56:29 PM CST RT @espn_macmahon: I thought OKC would have been a great fit for Vince Carter. He would have been well worth $4M per for the Thunder.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 11:56:23 PM CST RT @Caplan_NBA: Big pickup for Grizz, who are desperate for 3-point shooting. Really believed OKC should have pursued Carter hard.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 10:50:22 PM CST After this Vince deal, it seems like free agents aren't even picking up the phone unless you're starting at $4 million per.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:21:29 PM CST That's not Thunder kool-aid. That's truth. With or without Pau Gasol or Mike Miller or Anthony Morrow or whoever, OKC is still a problem.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:20:48 PM CST Remember this as well. All the teams making moves this summer still have to deal with two things: Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:18:54 PM CST I don't know. But if L.A. had to choose b/ween Boozer/Perk... RT @kfsooners @DarnellMayberry was perk ever offered as part of S&T for pau ?
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:16:16 PM CST But if it doesn't work, OKC is still confident in what it has. That's important to remember. That and there's still only $5.3 million avail.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:14:39 PM CST As we've seen, OKC did everything it could do to get Gasol. He's the type of talent that rarely is available, especially at a discount.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:12:23 PM CST And if you're asking OKC's "plan B," I don't have any reason to believe there is one. Gasol was getting every ounce of OKC's attention.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:11:16 PM CST And if you're asking the OKC's "plan B," I don't have any reason to believe there is one. Gasol was getting every ounce of OKC's attention.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:08:23 PM CST For those asking if the first re-tweet was credible, an unquestioned credible media member is reporting the same in my last re-tweet.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 11 2014 06:07:20 PM CST RT @ramonashelburne: Regarding Pau: top two now Chi/Spurs..if Bulls can't do sign and trade with Lakers, likely he goes to Spurs