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.



  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Oklahoman writers weigh in on Thunder's season

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City saw its players miss a combined 220 games due to injuries, Russell Westbrook emerged as an MVP candidate and coach Scott Brooks’ job security was called into question the moment it was all said and done. Our writers weigh in on those topics and more in a roundtable discussion.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks earns votes of confidence from his three stars

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Russell Westbrook gave Scott Brooks the most ringing endorsement you might ever hear a player give a coach. He called him a friend. Westbrook was only one of three significant votes of confidence Brooks received.

  • NBA Playoffs picks: The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team makes its predictions for every round

    Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NBA PLAYOFFS — The San Antonio Spurs are the overwhelming consensus pick for the NBA championship by The Oklahoman’s Thunder coverage.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters trade was a steal for Oklahoma City

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Say what you will about his season, his shot selection or his subpar efficiency. Waiters was unequivocally one of the best low-risk, high reward moves that general manager Sam Presti has ever made.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder Exit Interviews, Day 2

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Dion Waiters and Mitch McGary have their exit interviews to wrap up the Thunder season. Follow along with Thunder writer Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • What they're saying: Best quotes from the Thunder's exit interviews

    COMPILED BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Read more of what the Thunder players had to say about their season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Restricted free agent Enes Kanter talks business

    By Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Enes Kanter said he is not concerned with whether he starts or comes off the bench next season, although a part of his unhappiness in Utah stemmed from a lack of playing time.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder Exit Interviews, Day 1

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Coach Scott Brooks leads off the Thunder exit interviews at 10:30 a.m., with players to follow. Watch the live stream and follow Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater, and more for updates throughout.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC misses playoffs despite rout of Minnesota

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    For the first time since 2009, Oklahoma City will not be in the playoffs. The Thunder’s 138-113 pummeling of the league-worst Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night didn’t matter. To clinch, OKC also needed New Orleans to lose at home to San Antonio. But the Pelicans jumped on the Spurs early, leading by as many as 23 points and maintaining a lead for the final 42 minutes despite a furious rally by the defending champions.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Russell Westbrook wins first career NBA scoring title

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    After a 37-point night in the Thunder’s 138-113 win at Minnesota on Wednesday, Westbrook finished the 2014-15 regular season with a career-high 28.1 scoring average.

  • Thunder-Warriors series to start Saturday (if necessary)

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The NBA has announced that the Thunder will open the playoffs with Game 1 at Golden State on Saturday if OKC qualifies for the postseason Wednesday night. Tip-off is still to be determined. To make the playoffs, the Thunder must win at Minnesota and New Orleans must lose at home to San Antonio on Wednesday. […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The season comes down to one game. Can the Oklahoma City Thunder take down the Minnesota Timberwolves and get some help from the San Antonio Spurs to make the playoffs? Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Timberwolves

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The season comes down to one game. Can the Oklahoma City Thunder take down the Minnesota Timberwolves and get some help from the San Antonio Spurs to make the playoffs? Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why OKC is a long shot if it makes the playoffs — and if it doesn't

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Make the playoffs and the Thunder will get rewarded with a first-round matchup with top-seeded Golden State. Miss the postseason party and OKC will gain an unexpected lottery pick that has a chance, albeit extremely slim, to land the Thunder in the top three of the draft.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook scores 36 as Thunder beats Portland

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Westbrook added 11 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Thunder to a 101-90 win over the Blazers inside Chesapeake Energy Arena. It was a performance fans almost didn’t get to enjoy in the regular season home finale.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Two games to go. Russell Westbrook is a go. Can the Thunder take down the Portland Trail Blazers to keep up in the playoff race? Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's technical rescinded

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A day after Westbrook was called for his 16th technical foul of the season, which would have resulted in an automatic one-game suspension, the NBA on Monday overturned the ruling after an official review from the league office

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pacers

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    Can the Thunder keep pace with the New Orleans Pelicans? OKC takes on the Indiana Pacers in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Follow live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • NBA Q&A: Sacramento Kings coach George Karl says a year out of coaching was plenty for him

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    After a brief stint as an analyst for ESPN, George Karl was hired by Sacramento on February 12. Prior to the Kings-Thunder game on Friday, he talked about his decision to return to coaching and how the game has evolved since he entered the league as a coach in the mid-80s.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder snaps four-game skid, beats Kings

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Oklahoma City continued its mastery of the Kings inside Chesapeake Energy Arena with a potentially postseason-saving 116-103 victory that snapped a four-game skid and marked only the second win for the Thunder in eight games.




Darnell Mayberry Tue, May. 05 2015 09:48:43 PM CST Sam Presti discusses Billy Donovan, Enes Kanter, the luxury tax and Russell Westbrook's reported unhappiness - LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, May. 05 2015 03:29:18 PM CST RT @BerryTramel: Blake Griffin playing the best basketball of his career LINK
Darnell Mayberry Tue, May. 05 2015 01:27:34 PM CST @jamesaurora_ @anthonyVslater don't misunderstand. I didn't think it was negative.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, May. 05 2015 10:15:49 AM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: LISTEN TO THIS: All questions about the Billy Donovan hire answered by the Thunder Buddies. LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 04 2015 05:32:43 PM CST RT @NewsOKSports: NEW Thunder Podcast: @DarnellMayberry @anthonyVslater @BerryTramel talk Donovan, playoffs, MVP LINK htt…
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 04 2015 03:21:08 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater New Thunder podcast discussing the Billy Donovan hire: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 04 2015 12:57:43 PM CST New Thunder Buddies podcast dropping this afternoon. We talk Donovan, MVP and playoffs.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, May. 04 2015 11:08:35 AM CST @Moe5118 going in the studio in 20 minutes!
Darnell Mayberry Sun, May. 03 2015 08:29:51 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: A peek inside the offensive mind of Billy Donovan LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, May. 03 2015 10:35:14 AM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Billy Donovan's never coached Russell Westbrook. But his coaching track record suggest that shouldn't be an issue: http…
Darnell Mayberry Sat, May. 02 2015 02:40:14 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Billy Donovan's words inspire confidence LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 05:32:19 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: Billy Donovan heading back to Florida for farewell press conference | News OK LINK #OKCThunder
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 04:33:39 PM CST Podcast on Monday
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 02:21:14 PM CST Hot take: Billy Donovan answers questions.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 01:45:45 PM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: Donovan on HS, college, pros: "The ingredients that go into winning are across the board."
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 01:42:09 PM CST Kevin Durant and Nick Collison in attendance at Billy Donovan's introductory press conference, listening as intently as anyone.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 12:54:29 PM CST For those interested in watching coach Donovan's introductory press conference, we will stream it at LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 12:14:46 PM CST RT @SiriusXMNBA: Joining @1TomByrne & @JoelMeyersNBA on Off The Dribble @ 1:30pm ET is @DarnellMayberry of 'The Oklahoman' to talk Billy Do…
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 11:59:52 AM CST @thunderup100 Maybe Donovan will give us some fresh material. :)
Darnell Mayberry Fri, May. 01 2015 11:48:57 AM CST Billy Donovan's introductory press conference is at 1:30 central. RT @Jon_Mitchell3 @DarnellMayberry what time is the Press Conference?

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