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


  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What do you make of Kevin Durant's decision to sit out the World Cup?

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 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 - 08/19 (<-Click here) -  The NBA schedule has been released and the roadmap for the next nine months has been laid. We return from a little hiatus to break down the best games and most intriguing matchups.

  • OKC Thunder: Preseason games set for Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Wichita

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder will once again play preseason games in Tulsa and Wichita, Kan., as well as two games inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City will tip off preseason play on the road on Oct. 8 against the Denver Nuggets and then play the Mavericks in Dallas on Oct. 10. The Thunder first home preseason game will be Oct. 14 vs. Memphis. The team’s second preseason game in OKC will be Oct. 21 vs. Utah, which will conclude the exhibition schedule. Oklahoma City will host the Toronto Raptors at the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita on Oct. 17 and two nights later, the Thunder will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Oct. 19 at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Sometimes the best moves are few moves at all

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Aug 17, 2014

    Now that the majority of player movement has concluded, it’s time to take inventory of what actually happened. It’s an important look back because there’s this lingering notion that everyone else got better while the Thunder again stood pat.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Plenty of rest is built into Thunder schedule

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    The Thunder will receive as much rest as any team can ask for over the course of an 82-game season. Road trips are relatively short, games are sufficiently spaced out and the entire schedule is about as balanced as can be.

  • OKC Thunder: LeBron James, new-look Cleveland Cavaliers to visit OKC on Dec. 11

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    LeBron James and the new look Cleveland Cavaliers will make their lone visit to Oklahoma City on Thursday, Dec. 11. In addition to James being back in a Cavs uniform, Cleveland also is expected to have Kevin Love on its roster following an impending trade later this month. Along with point guard and reigning All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving, the Cavs are considered to be forming a similar "Big Three" to the one in which James journeyed to four straight NBA Finals as a member of the Miami Heat. CBSSports.com first reported Cleveland's scheduled visit. The NBA will release its league-wide schedule later Wednesday.

  • OKC Thunder to visit San Antonio on Christmas Day

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The entire 2014-15 NBA schedule will be unveiled at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Kevin Durant's minutes must be better-managed this season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s admission made waves only because of what it means to USA Basketball this summer. Overshadowed is what it will mean for the Thunder next season. After that carefully-crafted, 97-word statement, the Thunder seemingly has no choice but to better manage its biggest star’s minutes.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Five possible reasons why Kevin Durant dropped out of World Cup

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    After Durant followed in Russell Westbrook’s footsteps and backed out of the tournament, the Thunder’s two biggest stars are now safe, no longer subject to additional wear and tear or injury while not on the company’s time.

  • Kevin Durant to withdraw from Team USA Basketball

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant announced Thursday that he is withdrawing from Team USA Basketball this summer. Kevin Durant statement - pic.twitter.com/5gslzSYEHt — Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) August 7, 2014 //   // As recently as this week, it was reported that no more players would withdraw from Team USA this summer following George's injury. The injury to Paul George in a Team USA scrimmage is reportedly not the reason for Durant's decision. Durant joins the long list of stars to withdraw from Team USA this summer. Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook was one of the first to pull out of the player pool earlier this summer. Early last week, Durant spoke of sticking around

  • Thunder Thursday OT: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater talk Durant in 2016, starting spots and the 'cheap' label

    Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    We had some leftover questions from our Thunder Thursday hangout, so Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater went at the extras roundtable-style. Here are their responses. As always, you can check out our Thunder Thursday live show each week — Thursday at 2 p.m. on newsok.com/live. From John Wall : Any chance that my […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant on free agency: 'I'm going to do what's best for me'

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    In his most extensive public comments about his highly-anticipated free agency, Kevin Durant addressed rampant speculation that he will soon leave Oklahoma City for his native Washington. While insisting he’s focused on the present, Durant also refused to rule out anything in the future.

  • Thunder chat: Darnell Mayberry talks Kevin Durant-to-DC rumors, Grant Long and free agency

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry was on the Power Lunch chat, answering your questions on Kevin Durant in 2016 rumors, Grant Long and what skills Westbrook, Durant, Jackson and Ibaka need to add in the offseason. Here's the full transcript:

  • Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst Grant Long resigns from position

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Thunder television analyst Grant Long has resigned his position and will not return to Fox Sports Oklahoma for the 2014-15 season, the Thunder announced Monday. Long held the position alongside color commentator Brian Davis since the team moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic gets a long-awaited chance in the NBA

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Earlier this month, he became the third straight 66ers head coach to be called up to the NBA, joining Nate Tibbets and Dale Osbourne. Rajakovic is now serving as an assistant on Thunder coach Scott Brooks’ staff.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Josh Huestis might become the NBA's first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    When OKC signs the 29th overall pick, it may usher in a new wave throughout the NBA with how the D-League is used for team-building purposes.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder's D-League franchise moving to OKC from Tulsa

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Thunder is in talks with the city to have the 66ers play in the Cox Center next season

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Q&A with rookie forward Josh Huestis

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Thunder rookie forward Josh Huestis made his first appearance at a team-sponsored community event Thursday afternoon, helping campers through a basketball clinic at an area high school.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Q&A with rookie forward Mitch McGary

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Thunder rookie forward Mitch McGary made his first appearance at a team-sponsored community event Wednesday afternoon, helping campers through a basketball clinic at an area high school. Afterward, McGary looked back on his summer league debut and talked about his first community event and adjusting to life in Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Morrow said OKC was too hard to pass up

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Morrow might just be the best pure shooter the Thunder has ever had. He’s shot 42.8 percent from 3-point range for his career and connected on 45.1 percent from that distance last season in New Orleans.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Thunder's offseason moves?

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 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 - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is.




Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 21 2014 11:50:27 PM CST @TGF97 Yes
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 07:07:21 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: New Thunder podcast, breaking down the schedule and discussing KD's decision to pull out of the World Cup: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 03:17:19 PM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast dropping later today.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:59:16 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Ready to talk #okcthunder? Join @DarnellMayberry for today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Aug. 19 2014 10:32:38 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Log on at 11 a.m. and join #okcthunder writer @DarnellMayberry for today's Power Lunch live chat: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:51:24 PM CST @OhMyGolie Nothing has changed.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Aug. 17 2014 02:25:12 PM CST @OhMyGolie Tell me how you really feel.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Aug. 16 2014 09:17:18 PM CST Think he got this before KD won the MVP or nah? LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Aug. 16 2014 09:03:56 PM CST RT @dcsportsbog: Obviously someone has a Durant Redskins jersey LINK (via @BSposa)
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Aug. 14 2014 01:11:35 PM CST Single-game tickets for all Thunder home games in 2014-15 will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 11:53:02 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: Breaking down the Thunder schedule, by @darnellmayberry: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 11:53:00 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Breaking down the Thunder schedule, by @darnellmayberry: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 06:35:30 PM CST @Letsgocubs13 LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:56:12 PM CST RT @johnschuhmann: Wow. Thunder go from Portland to L.A. to OKC to Brooklyn to Toronto in the first 7 days of the season. Incredible.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:36:20 PM CST @LifeofJuanTwo At Houston on the 15th, home against Golden State on the 16th.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:30:37 PM CST Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will come to OKC only once this season, Tuesday, March 24.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:25:17 PM CST Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart will make his NBA debut with Boston in OKC on Wednesday, March 18.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:16:01 PM CST @ryanwoods_ Doubt it. Was thinking about that the other day. But don't expect something better.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:11:55 PM CST Kevin Durant and the Thunder will make their lone visit to D.C. to play the Wizards on Jan. 21. ESPN will televise the game.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Aug. 13 2014 05:09:29 PM CST The Thunder will host a New Year's Eve game for the seventh consecutive season. OKC, for the 3rd time in 4 years on NYE, will play Phoenix.