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.

  • Seen and heard at All-Star Weekend media day

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 10 hr ago

    This year's NBA All-Stars met with the media Friday morning in Toronto. It was the first time the All-Stars were available, which annually guarantees a circus-like atmosphere. Here's a sampling of the pictures that were taken, the questions that were asked, the predictions that we made and everything in between.  KOBE BRYANT WAS IN HIGH DEMAND A bit of a crowd to hear Kobe ... pic.twitter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant discusses signing a short-term contract

    darnell mayberry | Updated: 12 hr ago

    There's a growing belief throughout the league that Kevin Durant will stay in Oklahoma City. Nobody knows, really, but more and more the most likely option for Durant seems to be signing a one-year contract, with a player option for a second season. It just makes the most financial sense for Durant to approach his impending free agency this way. Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater will have more on this topic and why it stands as the most logical option for Durant in Saturday's paper. In short, Durant needs to play one more season to reach 10 years of service.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Think you can improve the Thunder's roster?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2016

    Do you think the Thunder should make a trade before next Thursday’s trading deadline? Do you have an idea of what the Thunder should do? We want to hear from you. Send us your best trade ideas and we’ll publish them at NewsOK.com. But before you get carried away playing Thunder general manager Sam Presti, enter your trade scenarios at espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine to make sure your proposal works under NBA rules. If you create a successful trade, save it and send the link to dmayberry@oklahoman.com. You also can submit your trade proposal via Twitter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Blake Griffin suspended four games by the Los Angeles Clippers

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    When the Thunder and Clippers meet twice in a seven-day span in early March, it looks as though Los Angeles definitely will be without the services of All-Star forward Blake Griffin. The Clippers announced Tuesday afternoon that they have suspended Griffin for four games for his fight with a team employee. Griffin currently is sidelined for multiple weeks while recovering from surgery due to a broken hand he sustained in the altercation. The team released the following joint statement from owner Steve Ballmer and President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Doc Rivers: The L.A. Clippers announced today that forward Blake Griffin has been suspended without pay for four games for striking a team

  • Could Scott Brooks replace Derek Fisher as Knicks coach?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    Derek Fisher has been fired after just 1 1/2 seasons as coach of the New York Knicks, the team announced Monday morning. Following a promising start in which the Knicks went 20-20 in their first 40 games this season, New York has lost five straight and nine of its past 10. Fisher finished his Knicks tenure with a 40-96 record. With an injury-ravaged roster, the Knicks went 17-65 last season. Now, the Knicks need to find a replacement. Kurt Rambis has been named interim coach. But  the Knicks are expected to pursue a different lead man as a long-term solution.

  • Changes may be coming to NBA's controversial Hack-A-Shaq rule

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver sounds determined to curb the league's intentional fouling strategy, commonly referred to as "Hack-A-Shaq," and indicated changes may be on the horizon to the widely-disputed technique. Appearing on USA TODAY's NBA podcast, Silver suggested the league will implement changes to the rule this summer. "I'm increasingly of the view that we will be looking to make some sort of change in that rule this summer," Silver said. Debate over the strategy has intensified over the last several seasons due to its dramatic rise in popularity among coaches game-planning against teams with poor free throw shooters. Some have defended the tactic as basic basketball

  • Oklahoma football recruiting: Did an Oklahoma fan upset a 5-Star recruit with angry tweets?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Caleb Kelly is a five-star linebacker from Fresno, Calif. He's ranked as the third best outside linebacker and the 14th best overall prospect in the country by Rivals.com. As National Signing Day approaches Wednesday, Kelly has narrowed his college choices to Oklahoma, Oregon and Notre Dame. If the Sooners land him, he will be the jewel of OU's 2016 class. But did one antsy Sooners fan possibly hurt his team's chances by sending angry tweets at Kelly on Monday afternoon? Usually don't comment on fans but damn this ignorance is crazy. Recruits let it be known to ignore people like this! pic.twitter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Stephen Curry already predicting a win over the Thunder next week

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The highly-anticipated first meeting between Oklahoma City and Golden State didn't need anymore buildup. Stephen Curry just added some anyway. Curry, the league's reigning MVP and frontrunner to win the award again this year, called out the Thunder on Thursday in an interview with ESPN's Sage Steele, according to Warriors beat writer Diamond Leung. Stephen Curry on the Warriors playing Oklahoma City Thunder the day before the Super Bowl: "It'll be a good 48 hours - a win and a win." — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) January 28, 2016 // Stephen Curry laughed and Sage Steele said, "Oooo, I like when you talk

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: New York drooling over Kevin Durant

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 27, 2016

    When the NBA arrived in Oklahoma City, not in 2008 with the Thunder but in 2005 with the temporarily-displaced New Orleans Hornets, local media members had a nagging habit of asking the same thing over and over. "What do you think of us?" We'd pose that question to everyone from David Stern to Peja Stojakovic. It got old fast. But this city was seeking validation that it could support a pro franchise. And because positive reactions were the norm, our audiences were eating up those quotes. So we kept asking. Ten years later, those questions have ceased. The Thunder is here to stay. Oklahoma City is without question a "big-league city," and a championship parade is all that's on the

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys to wear tribute jerseys on 'Remember the 10 night'

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    To honor the memories of those lost 15 years ago, the Oklahoma State basketball team will wear special tribute jerseys when they face Baylor in Wednesday’s Remember The Ten night. Wednesday's game, which tips off at 8 p.m. on ESPNU, will be played 15 years to the date of the tragedy. The tribute jerseys feature “Cowboys” in script lettering across the front, and are similar to those worn in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Southwest lobby of Gallagher-Iba Arena, better known as the Memorial lobby, will open at 8 a.m. for anyone who would like to pay their respects or leave a memento. Coach Eddie Sutton, along with former players, alumni, friends and family members will be in attendance

  • Update: Blake Griffin reportedly out weeks with broken hand stemming from fight with team employee

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Update: 10:45 a.m.: There is now a story behind the "undisclosed team-related incident" that resulted in Griffin's fractured right hand. According to ESPN's Michael Eaves, Griffin busted his hand during a fight with a member of the Los Angeles Clippers equipment staff on Sunday night in Toronto. #Clippers forward Blake Griffin injured his right hand after hitting a member of the team's equipment staff during an argument in Toronto — Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) January 26, 2016 // The altercation started in a restaurant. It proceeded outside where Griffin hit the equipment staffer multiple times.

  • OKC Thunder: How Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant learned to coexist

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Sun, Jan 24, 2016

    They chose to stick together, and ever since that December night they’ve upheld a partnership many deem impossible to maintain — two alpha males playing for the same team, working toward the same goal.

  • What life was like for Billy Donovan after his national titles at Florida

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    The job was just about perfect. And for Billy Donovan, the timing couldn't have been better. It was June 2007. The Orlando Magic offered a breeze of a transition being only two hours south of Donovan's Gainesville, Fla. home, a roster powered by an up and coming center named Dwight Howard who, at just 22, already was an All-Star and a franchise that would reach the NBA Finals within the next two seasons. That April, Donovan had steered Florida to its second consecutive national championship, becoming the first college basketball coach in 15 years to win back-to-back titles. He did it with a loaded team that churned out three future NBA lottery picks: Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Travis Ford's 10 biggest wins at OSU

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Oklahoma State pulled off another upset Tuesday night, its latest in a growing catalog under coach Travis Ford. This one again came against Kansas, marking the third straight season that the Cowboys have stunned the Jayhawks inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. OSU is now the only team in the country to knock off Kansas in each of the past three seasons. But don't tell Ford that his Cowboys have the Jayhawks' number. While several of OSU's biggest wins under Ford have indeed come against Kansas, there are quite a few other notable victories in the Ford era. Here is a list of the 10 biggest.[pagebreak] NO. 10: OSU 76, N.C. STATE 56 (NOV.

  • WATCH: Travis Ford addresses his team after OSU's upset of Kansas

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    OSU coach Travis Ford got emotional immediately following his team's 86-67 upset victory over No. 3-ranked Kansas on Tuesday night. And rightfully so. The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak, a skid in which they lost by a combined 41 points (including 17-point blowouts at Baylor and West Virginia). The win also was OSU's third straight against Kansas inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Last year, the Cowboys knocked off Kansas when the Jayhawks were the eighth-ranked team in the county. In 2014, OSU pulled the upset when Kansas was ranked fifth in the nation. Ford's message this year: bottle up that same level of play and build on it. What do you say to your team after

  • Thunder journal: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh comment on this version of the Thunder

    By Anthony Slater, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry   | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    The Heat's Wade, Bosh and coach Erik Spoelstra still have a good perspective on the Thunder. They were three of the four main faces for the only team to conquer OKC’s young core back in the 2012 playoffs.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant named Player of the Week

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Kevin Durant has been named Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Monday, Jan. 11 through Sunday, Jan. 17, the NBA announced Monday. Durant led the Thunder to a 4-0 week with  averages of 26 points (third in the Western Conference), 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.  He logged a 30-point game and two point-rebound double-doubles as OKC defeated Dallas, Miami and Minnesota (twice). On Jan. 13, Durant shot 9-of-14 from the field en route to a game-high 29 points and added 10 rebounds and four assists during a 108-89 win over the Mavericks. Here's a closer look at Durant's week: Jan. 12 @ Minnesota: Scored 30 points and added seven rebounds and three assists in a 101-96

  • Oklahoma Christian coach Dan Hays resigning after 33 years

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Dan Hays, one of the most successful basketball coaches in college basketball history, is resigning from his longtime post as men's coach at Oklahoma Christian at the end of the 2015-16 season, OC Athletic Director Curtiz Janz  announced Friday. Hays, 69, is in his 33rd season with the Eagles and his 38th season as a collegiate head coach. He's compiled a 721-460 record entering Saturday's game at Dallas Baptist. He ranks 42nd all-time among coaches at four-year colleges at any level and is No. 20 among active coaches. He has recorded more wins at an Oklahoma university than any other coach in the state's hoops history and is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, the OC Athletic Hall of Fame and the Eastern New

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Mavericks PA announcer takes shot at Oklahoma City

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Tempers flared on the court between the Thunder and Mavericks on Wednesday  night inside Chesapeake Energy Arena when Russell Westbrook and J.J. Barea got into two dust-ups. But just before the Thunder put a bow on its dominant victory against a shorthanded Dallas squad resting its entire regular starting lineup, there was one more jab that came from the Mavs camp. Let them enjoy this, @espn_macmahon . They have so little in OKC. They should celebrate running an 8-man roster out of the gym. — Sean Heath (@seanheath) January 14, 2016 // Sean Heath is the Mavericks' public address announcer. He sent the tweet to Tim MacMahon, who covers the

  • Video: Kevin Durant's newest commercial

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Panini America and Kevin Durant have agreed to a long-term, exclusive business partnership, the company announced Monday. Under the agreement, Durant will become a global spokesman for the sports and entertainment collectibles company. Durant has endorsed Panini America for the past five years. But with this new agreement, Durant's autographed trading cards and memorabilia will be available exclusively through Panini America and Panini Authentic. In addition, Durant will have what the company is calling "unprecedented input into product development and creative for select Panini NBA trading card products, as well as into product development for his Panini Authentic memorabilia products.

Darnell Mayberry Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:58:32 PM CST @ScottWrightOK Clearly a Flagrant Intentional Technical 2! And that kid should be suspended for the rest of the year!!
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Feb. 12 2016 05:19:02 PM CST I used to love P.J. Tucker. Still love his makeup. But around here, among Thunder fans, he's vastly overrated. #takethathottake
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Feb. 12 2016 11:07:45 AM CST RT @SpearsNBAYahoo: Kevin Durant said he would like to work in an NBA front office when he is done playing.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:54:40 AM CST @dereksherwood You trying to move Russ to the 2?
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:46:16 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Just 15 minutes from the start of today's live chat with #okstate writer @jjhelsley at #newsoksports - https://t.co/M1luM…
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:30:04 AM CST @JonesOnTheNBA Right...To be clear, I'm not excusing him. He still never developed an offensive game. But not playing w/ an elite PG hurt
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:22:46 AM CST @JonesOnTheNBA That's equally if not more significant as the system to me. It's huge - 12 seasons and his best PG was Nelson. Maybe Francis?
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Feb. 12 2016 10:18:39 AM CST @JonesOnTheNBA Who's the best PG he's played with?
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Feb. 11 2016 03:04:09 PM CST Our crew is talking Thunder live now in a hangout. Join us! - https://t.co/dTDxetNxUZ https://t.co/ecr9Rj6eFV
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Feb. 11 2016 02:55:41 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: A very nice (also sad, considering news) look at why Ingrid Williams meant so much to Monty Williams: https://t.co/FcEO…
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Feb. 11 2016 02:26:40 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Breaking: Barry Sanders' son to transfer to Oklahoma State (via @kylefredrickson) - https://t.co/nDLS9rY3UE https://t.co
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Feb. 10 2016 02:51:58 PM CST Think you could improve the Thunder roster? Prove it! - https://t.co/Ks2vIsCAAg https://t.co/8EKQXI4Suv
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:40:38 AM CST @dometricro Don't know about any of the names you mentioned, but I agree with you that the team as currently constructed doesn't seem enough
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Feb. 10 2016 11:29:07 AM CST @tarasuez I mean, you haven't lived until you've peed out of a moving car.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Feb. 10 2016 10:46:05 AM CST Remember Stevie Clark, the scoring machine from Douglass? @ScottWrightOK caught up with him https://t.co/Gb1456cU5k https://t.co/oPU5GoPdQG
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Feb. 10 2016 10:38:10 AM CST Join @JenniCarlson_OK now to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and preps in today's live chat at https://t.co/PpLUXWBkTZ - https://t.co/Hphah1KAmo
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Feb. 10 2016 10:31:14 AM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: The link we've all been waiting for! https://t.co/RLss8z2uga
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Feb. 09 2016 10:23:54 PM CST Correction: He's been THIS guy for only 50 games. https://t.co/14T5HGMlvG
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Feb. 09 2016 10:18:10 PM CST Who does the best job defensively against Curry? Is there one guy who has a history of making things somewhat tough for him?
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Feb. 09 2016 06:58:17 PM CST @truehawk4 nope