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.



  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder heads to Salt Lake City, looking to end a two-game slide against the Utah Jazz. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson is learning what it's like to be 'the man'

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Failures have given Jackson a sampling of what it’s like to be the man, which is what he’s publicly clamored for since the end of last season while stating his desire to be a starting point guard who captains his team.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    Can the Thunder get back on track on the road? Where's the scoring coming from? Does the Thunder have a Patrick Beverley problem? Ask Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: James Harden on Reggie Jackson situation, 'He's handling it the right way'

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    James Harden’s advice for Reggie Jackson as he navigates this process is simple: keep your head up.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder does well at free-throw line

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    Free throw shooting has been one of the team’s biggest bugaboos while battling the injury bug.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Rockets

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 16, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder faces off against James Harden and the Houston Rockets tonight at 6 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: James Harden and the Houston Rockets visit

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    With three wing players sidelined with injuries, the Thunder could have its hands full Sunday night against James Harden and the Houston Rockets. Harden ranks second in the league in scoring with a career-high 26.2-point average. He’s also averaging 6.3 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.8 steals and one blocked shot, all career highs as well. “It’s not going to be easy,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “He’s an All-Star player.” Jeremy Lamb is the natural matchup with Harden at the shooting guard position. But it’s possible point guard Reggie Jackson and temporary starting small forward Lance Thomas could see time on Harden as well. None of the three are ideal options.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Brandon Jennings takes control in overtime as Pistons hold off Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    Brandon Jennings took control late, scoring 25 of his game-high 29 points after halftime to lead the Pistons to a 96-89 overtime victory inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. He made 9-of-15 shots and drained all five of his 3-pointers in the final 29 minutes.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pistons

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 14, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder returns home to take on the Detroit Pistons. Follow our live coverage with Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder finds a gem in Lance Thomas

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Lance Thomas came to town in late September as a long shot to make the Thunder’s 15-man roster. By the end of October he had become a fixture in the team’s injury-plagued rotation. Now, through sheer hustle and hard work, he’s turned into a linchpin.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Reggie Jackson turning heads with hot start

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Thu, Nov 13, 2014

    Reggie Jackson risked turning people off each time he openly talked about wanting a starting role. And in some cases, he did. But now the Thunder’s fourth-year point guard is turning heads with how he’s excelling in that unexpected role so far this season.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Is Anthony Morrow the Thunder's missing link?

    Updated: Thu, Nov 13, 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 - 11/13 (<--Click here) - This opening month has been about treading water and accumulating wins whenever possible. That's just what the Thunder did on Thursday night. How big a win was it? How important will the Anthony Morrow signing prove to be? Is Jeremy Lamb gonna even remain in

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks wants to create more scoring chances for Steven Adams

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    It took only nine games to identify the biggest victim of breakdowns in the Thunder’s ball movement. Second-year center Steven Adams. The effect was not more evident than Tuesday’s loss at Milwaukee, when Adams attempted only four shots despite converting three. Thunder coach Scott Brooks is looking to change that and said he and Adams both need to be more proactive in searching for more scoring opportunities for Adams. “I take full blame for that,” Brooks said of Adams’ lack of touches against the Bucks. “I need to put some more opportunities for him to get touches. And then some of it’s on him. He has to continue to look for the ball and put himself in a position to catch when we do call a play

  • Anthony Morrow sparks Oklahoma City Thunder past Celtics

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    BOSTON — Reggie Jackson had 28 points and eight assists, and Anthony Morrow scored 28 to lift the injury-riddled Oklahoma City Thunder to a 109-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. It was the second win in six games for the Thunder, who are missing stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Jackson, a standout at nearby Boston College from 2008-11, posted his big game a night after scoring a career-high 29 in a loss at Milwaukee. Rajon Rondo just missed his second triple-double of the season with 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. Avery Bradley added 17 points for Boston, which had won its last two. The Celtics went 9 for 33 from beyond the 3-point line.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Celtics

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    The Thunder looks to get its first road win of the season tonight against the Boston Celtics. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC offense goes cold in loss to Bucks

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    O.J. Mayo scored 19 points and Brandon Knight added 16 as the Milwaukee Bucks held off a late Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder 85-78 on Tuesday night.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks on Mark Cuban's comments — 'Tanking is not something that we will consider'

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Two days after suggesting that the Thunder throw in the towel on this injury-plagued season and start playing for a high selection in the 2015 NBA Draft, Cuban’s comments made national talk shows and circled back to Thunder coach Scott Brooks for the second straight game.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Bucks

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is after its first two-game winning streak of the season, against rookie phenom Jabari Parker and the Milwaukee Bucks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Ish Smith has become a fan favorite

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    One Thunder fan on Twitter summed it up this way Sunday night: “Ish Smith is the puppy you find on the side of the road and ask your parents “Can we keep him?”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder has turned to zone defense in an attempt to survive

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    The zone defense is the most creative tactic the Thunder has unveiled while trying to overcome the loss of seven injured players.




Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 27 2014 07:23:37 PM CST @OhMyGolie Um, yeah, I'm not going to make a big deal about two third string point guards. You got me.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 27 2014 12:40:55 PM CST Turn down for what?!?!? Lol https://t.co/rYgRwsV4oP
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 27 2014 12:30:04 PM CST RT @IanBegley: The #Knicks have listed Carmelo Anthony as doubtful for tomorrow's game against OKC due to back spasms.
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 27 2014 11:20:23 AM CST RT @EatThisNotThat: What would you have to eat to gain a pound of fat today? LINK LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Nov. 27 2014 11:07:53 AM CST RT @NBAcom: .@DarnellMayberry joins @NBATV GameTime to discuss the state of the @OKCThunder: LINK #NBA LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 11:56:13 PM CST Thunder waives Sebastian Telfair, trims roster to 15 - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 10:52:39 PM CST The most significant thing in all this is confirmation that Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary are almost back.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 10:50:39 PM CST OKC will keep Ish Smith for now as its 15th man. His second 10-day window under the hardship rule was set to expire Thursday.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 10:46:57 PM CST The Thunder has released guard Sebastian Telfair. The move gets the team's roster back to 15 players after Ish Smith was added via hardship.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 09:15:15 PM CST Thunder wins, 97-82, to snap a six-game losing streak.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 08:27:03 PM CST @Hubbs0412 Uh, nobody can tonight.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 08:04:17 PM CST Thunder 56, Jazz 48 at halftime. Most points the Thunder has scored in a first half this season.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 07:32:40 PM CST Thunder closes the quarter on a 16-4 run, takes a 31-29 lead into the second.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 07:24:18 PM CST @homskizl Sounds pretty bad.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 06:21:20 PM CST Hopping on NBA TV to talk Thunder.
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 05:42:23 PM CST RT @Lockedonsports: Next time Thunder play a playoff team from last year is December 18th
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Nov. 26 2014 08:53:49 AM CST @Hubbs0412 Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 25 2014 08:22:40 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder still searching for an inbounder LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 25 2014 05:12:10 PM CST @BestSenecaEver Have not...It's tragic.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:20:59 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: New Thunder podcast, discussing what has gone wrong during this current six-game losing streak - LINK