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'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.

  • OKC Thunder works sign-and-trade deal to send Thabo Sefolosha to Atlanta

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The Thunder turned Sefolosha’s departure into an asset, acquiring a a trade exception of slightly more than $4 million from the Hawks.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe joins Derek Fisher's New York Knicks staff

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    Brian Keefe has joined Derek Fisher's staff with the New York Knicks. It is the second Thunder staffer Fisher has taken with him. Josh Longstaff, a video analyst and player development coach, also joined Fisher's staff.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With Anthony Morrow, OKC completes its checklist of offseason needs

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    Anthony Morrow, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward, fills a pressing need for the Thunder with his shooting ability and should bolster the team’s depth on the wing. He’s a career 42.8 percent shooter from 3-point range and connected on 45.1 percent from that distance in 76 games last season with New Orleans.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow agrees to sign with Thunder

    darnell mayberry | Published: Sat, Jul 12, 2014

    The Thunder may have found its shooting help. Free agent guard Anthony Morrow has agreed to sign with Oklahoma City. The Thunder has been rumored to be chasing the 6-foot-5, six-year veteran, and news came through Saturday that the 42 percent career 3-point shooter is coming to OKC. Morrow scored 8.4 points per game and shot 45 percent from 3-point range in 76 games for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2013-14.

  • OKC Thunder notebook: Perry Jones has 20 points in summer league finale

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Perry Jones had to get back to having fun. So said Thunder assistant/summer league coach Darko Rajakovic. “The first couple of games I was putting a lot of pressure on myself, telling myself that I have to do well,” said Jones. “And Darko talked to me before (the last) game and he told me that I need to just smile a little more. Just have fun out there. I’m doing something I love to do. Just have fun. Don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. And I took what he said and I ran with it.” The advice helped lead to Jones assembling his best game in the Thunder’s Orlando Pro Summer League finale on Friday. Jones scored a team-high 20 points in the Thunder’s 103-98 win over Miami. He made seven of 11 shots and

  • LeBron James is returning to Cleveland — but he never really left

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James put Akron on the map 13 years ago, when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated packaged as “The Chosen One.” Now he’s appointed himself to be the man to bring glory back to the region.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson won't come cheap

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Thunder guard can become a restricted free agent next summer. And as this year’s free-agent class has shown, players with his skills can command big money.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: It doesn't look like OKC will be using its trade exception

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The trade exception that the Thunder received last summer when it orchestrated a sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Martin to Minnesota is set to expire Friday, and it appears Oklahoma City will let the deadline pass without making a trade.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A: Thunder summer league guard Michael Stockton learned early on not to worry about outside expectations

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Michael Stockton might be best known as the son of Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton. But Michael has carved out a productive career in his own right.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams working on low-post game

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Thunder center’s free-throw shooting also needs some work.




Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 24 2014 05:35:25 PM CST RT @basketballtalk: Players union approves of Thunder’s Josh Huestis arrangement LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 24 2014 03:59:09 PM CST Thanks to Don W. for the suggestion.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 24 2014 03:52:17 PM CST "Lightning is a powerful sudden flow of electricity accompanied by THUNDER that occurs during an electric storm." -- LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 24 2014 03:48:16 PM CST Got an email suggestion for the Thunder to rename the Tulsa 66ers the Oklahoma City Lightning...I love it!
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 22 2014 11:43:40 PM CST RT @SportsCenter: 18-year-old Stephen won’t let Leukemia get in the way of his dream to be a Michigan Wolverine recruit. #MyWish » LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:50:58 PM CST @DAustinD And if everyone thinks as you do, I wouldn't get so many people, players and team employees included, saying I'm too hard on them.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:48:16 PM CST @DAustinD The same is happening throughout the country. We try out best, but fewer hands and eyes make the job tougher.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:45:56 PM CST @DAustinD Mistakes happen to us all. Newspaper business is no different. And it's not an excuse, but fewer people are putting out the paper.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:34:19 PM CST @DAustinD It was an oversight. And I'm going to be straight up with you. Anyone who thinks that's what we do is a natural born idiot.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:08:32 PM CST @DAustinD Was on our site the day it surfaced - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 05:26:37 PM CST From a team release: "The Thunder wishes Grant well and will immediately begin the process of finding his replacement."
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Jul. 21 2014 05:20:19 PM CST Thunder TV analyst Grant Long has informed the Thunder that he has resigned his position and will not return to FOX Sports Oklahoma.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 20 2014 09:02:06 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: From @darnellmayberry: New Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic has been a coach since age 16. Now he's in the NBA: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 20 2014 03:00:11 PM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: A must reader for Thunder/NBA fans. Great stuff by @DarnellMayberry: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 20 2014 12:58:50 PM CST Boo that man!!! https://t.co/3nVsBRv4te
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Jul. 20 2014 12:53:18 PM CST It's all about doing things in a classy manner...unless the winner says he's a fan of Manchester United.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 19 2014 10:11:51 PM CST To be clear, as the story says, Huestis would become the first first-rounder to be a domestic draft-and-stash player.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Jul. 19 2014 09:33:34 PM CST Why Josh Huestis might become the NBA's first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:37:25 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: BREAKING NEWS: Tulsa 66ers moving to Oklahoma City (via @darnellmayberry): LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 18 2014 02:36:43 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: Story from @darnellmayberry on #OKCThunder's D-League franchise's move to OKC from Tulsa LINK