Darnell Mayberry
Sports Sports Producer/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.

  • McClendon had a great passion for the Oklahoma City Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry Staff Writer dmayberry@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Mar 3, 2016

    McClendon’s role in helping to bring the NBA to OKC began well before he became a minority owner with the Thunder.

  • OU basketball: Sooners standout Khadeem Lattin appears in ESPN the Magazine

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Tue, Mar 1, 2016

    Fifty years ago, Khadeem Lattin’s grandfather, David Lattin, and his Texas Western teammates helped changed the course of college basketball. Dana O'Neil, in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, took a look at how Khadeem Lattin, the Oklahoma sophomore, is now attempting to continue the family legacy with this year's Sooners. The story starts with Lattin waking up on the morning after last season's regular season finale. The Sooners had just knocked off Kansas in Norman. Buddy Hield's tip-in with 0.2 seconds remaining was the difference. But Lattin woke to the news of the racist video of SAE fraternity members. "It had been such a great day," Lattin told ESPN The Magazine.

  • Thunder journal: Thunder shot contesting in focus as Golden State comes to OKC

    By Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry   | Published: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    Clusters of 3-pointers allowed have hurt the Thunder in the last two road games. Before playing the Pelicans, Kevin Durant said there’s no worry, but giving up 60 percent from 3 to New Orleans raised eyebrows again.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Free agent guard Joe Johnson commits to signing with Miami

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    After agreeing to a buyout with Brooklyn, free agent guard Joe Johnson has agreed to join the Miami Heat for the remainder of the season, according to multiple reports. Shams Charania of The Vertical first reported Johnson had committed to a deal. Free agent Joe Johnson has committed to a deal with the Miami Heat after he clears waivers, league sources tell The Vertical. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 26, 2016 // Note: Joe Johnson to the Heat isn't finalized, + cannot be until he clears waivers this weekend.

  • Why Tyler Lockett almost had to give up football

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    The NFL Scouting Combine workouts get underway today, kicking off a pivotal week for prospects to improve their draft stock or simply prove they belong. Lives can change forever this weekend depending on a prospect's performance. Tyler Lockett remembers how his nearly changed a year ago when he attended the combine. Lockett, the Tulsa native who starred at Tulsa Washington before moving on to Kansas State and the Seattle Seahawks, posted his recollection of his near life-changing moment to his Instagram account Thursday. Here's what Locket wrote in his post: Around this time last year at the combine, I was told that I'm not be able to perform until some test was ran on me.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Who's better: Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook?

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    On this day a year ago, Russell Westbrook posted the third of his 11 triple-doubles last season. One week prior, he had erupted for a game-high 41 points en route to MVP honors in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. One week later, he registered another triple-double, his fourth consecutive triple-double, his sixth of the season and the second fastest in NBA history. It was in that three-week span that fans near and far were forced to take notice. Westbrook was on another level, one he had never been on and one that no other player had reached in that season. Discussions soon began about whose sensational stretch was better: Westbrook's in that window or Kevin Durant's ridiculous "Slim Reaper" stretch, one that last

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson returning to the starting lineup

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Feb 24, 2016

    After a 10-game absence due to a right knee sprain, Thunder guard Andre Roberson will return to the lineup Wednesday night at Dallas, according to Thunder beat writer Erik Horne. Andre Roberson is starting at shooting guard tonight for the Thunder, per Billy Donovan. — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) February 24, 2016 // Roberson will replace Dion Waiters in the first string, a move many Thunder fans wanted to see happen. // // ]]> Who should start at shooting guard for the Thunder? Waiters flashed moments of effective play as a starter, but recently found himself in a slump. He averaged 9.1 points on 37.2 percent shooting as Roberson's replacement over the past

  • Thunder journal: Source: Durant shoes with religious notes 'never intended for retail'

    By Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Feb 22, 2016

    Solecollector.com posted a blog on Monday that said Nike scrapped plans to sell the special version of the KD8, citing Leo Chang — the designer of the KD8 shoe — as saying the apparel giant decided not to release it because of the heavy religious connotations.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Davis reflects on Monty Williams' late wife, Ingrid

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 22, 2016

    New Orleans star forward Anthony Davis posted a heartfelt letter about Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams and his late wife, Ingrid, who died Feb. 10 from injuries sustained in a tragic car crash in Oklahoma City. Williams, who was Davis' first NBA coach, served as the Pelicans' head coach for five seasons before being fired at the end of last season and hired on the Thunder's staff last summer. In a nearly 300-word post titled "You can't choose family," Davis reflected on the impact the Williams family had on him during his first few seasons in the NBA. You can’t choose family. Those are the people that God puts around you, to help you and to guide you. That’s why family means everything to me;

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant Charity Foundation to host fundraiser in OKC

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 22, 2016

    Kevin Durant and the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation will host a fundraiser on Sunday, March 20 at KD’s Restaurant in Oklahoma City starting at 6 p.m. The Spot – a night of jazz benefiting the KDCF hosted by Kevin Durant and Peter Rosenberg will feature a special performance by “The Godfather of Neo Soul” Roy Ayers, a live auction, dinner and a special foundation presentation educating the local Oklahoma City community on the foundation’s past, current and future efforts.

  • Report: Thunder interested in Anderson Varejao

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Feb 19, 2016

    Less than 24 hours after the NBA's trading deadline came and went the Thunder has been linked to a potential buyout candidate. Anderson Varejao has captured the attention of Oklahoma City's front office, according to ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst. Appearing on an ESPN Cleveland radio segment, Windhorst stressed the Thunder's interest while listing a select number of other teams that could seek to sign the veteran big man. I’m already hearing from teams that want Andy Varejao. The Oklahoma City Thunder are on him fast. They want him. I think the L.A. Clippers are going to be on him. It’s possible the Chicago Bulls could be on him..Boy, you wouldn’t want to see him in a playoff series.

  • Cowboy football sets spring dates

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Feb 19, 2016

    Oklahoma State has set its key dates for spring practice. The Cowboys will open on Monday, March 7 and will host their annual spring game Saturday, April 16 in Boone Pickens Stadium at 1 p.m. Admission to the spring game is free. Additionally, OSU will host its Pro Day for NFL scouts on Tuesday, March 8. The school will release more information on the spring game as the date approaches.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: The life and times of NBA journeyman Steve Novak

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Feb 18, 2016

    Steve Novak was traded for the fifth time in his career Thursday, just before the dust settled on the NBA trading deadline. When he joins whatever playoff team he is expected to join after agreeing with Denver on a buyout, it will be his ninth team in 10 seasons. He's never been with one team for more than two consecutive seasons. That makes Novak the epitome of an NBA journeyman. In Oklahoma City, we barely knew him. The Thunder traded for him on Feb. 19, 2015 and traded him away on Feb. 18, 2016. Moving is old hat now for Novak. But it's far from ideal. Knicks hoop, Thunder jersey, and Jazz shorts...and you wonder why the lil homie is confused! #TradeDeadline

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: How would you grade the Randy Foye deal?

    Anthony Slater,darnell mayberry,Berry Tramel,Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, Feb 18, 2016

    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 the Thunder. 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 -- 02/18 (<–Click Here) - Just hours before the trade deadline, Sam Presti struck a deal -- sending D.J. Augustin and Steve Novak to Denver for Randy Foye and some flexibility. How would you grade the deal? On our weekly Thunder Thursday, we discuss. Archive Thunder Buddies -- 02/16 (<–Click Here) - The

  • Thunder acquires guard Randy Foye from Denver

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Feb 18, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Thunder reached a deal with Denver to acquire veteran shooting guard Randy Foye on Thursday, hours before the 2 p.m. trading deadline. // The Thunder sent Denver third-string point guard D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak and two second-round picks. Foye, 32, is in his 10th season after being selected with the seventh overall pick out of Villanova in the 2006 NBA Draft. He holds career averages of 11 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 26.6 minutes per game. Foye has started 392 of his 656 career games, but he's been much more effective as a starter than a reserve. Although a tad undersized at 6-foot-4, Foye is regarded as a 3-point shooting threat and crafty scorer.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: How Thunder fans would improve the roster at the trade deadline

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Feb 17, 2016

    We asked Thunder fans to submit their ideas for how they would improve the roster at this year's trading deadline. The response was overwhelming, with hundreds of emails and tweets pouring in with all kinds of trade scenarios. There was of course a flood of fantasy deals from wishful thinking types coming up with one-sided deals that favored the Thunder. But there also was a large number of reasonable trade ideas that wouldn't gt the Thunder immediately hung up on. We received several creative three-team trade ideas, a handful of bold four-team ideas and many that would ship out a fan favorite and mark the return of former fan favorites. Memphis guard Courtney Lee was the most popular target among the

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Trade deadline preview -- What will OKC do?

    Anthony Slater,darnell mayberry,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Feb 16, 2016

    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 the Thunder. 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 -- 02/16 (<–Click Here) - The trade deadline is only a couple days away. Legendary Thunder Buddy Darnell Mayberry joins to discuss what OKC may do to shore up its roster. Would it be wise to dangle Serge Ibaka? Who should the Thunder target? How was All-Star weekend? We discuss.

  • The NBA All-Star box score you have to see to believe

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Mon, Feb 15, 2016

    The 65th NBA All-Star Game was a record-setting event Sunday night from Air Canada Centre in Toronto. In the West's runaway 196-173 victory, we saw the teams shatter both the record for total points scored and points scored by a team. The 369 combined points were 48 more than last year's All-Star record, and both teams easily surpassed the previous team record of 163 points. Not surprisingly, in such an offensive explosion there were some eye-popping stats that jumped out when it was all over. Just look at the box score from Sunday night. Even for an All-Star Game, a fan-tailored exhibition that historically offers little defense, this box score blows you away.

  • Seen and heard at All-Star Weekend media day

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    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: Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    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.

Darnell Mayberry Today at 8:48 PM @bondom34 No. I didn't. I heard it today. And I love the self-awareness and his admission that it was negatively impacting his team.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 5:03 PM Love hearing Draymond Green's mindset on triple-doubles...hmmm.
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:25 PM RT @JMcDonald_SAEN: Is this Billy Donovan quote for real? "I really actually thought we played pretty good defense and did a good job."
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:23 PM @KhariConception Meanwhile, I'm watching a better two-way guy who OKC had a chance to snag a long time ago: https://t.co/gdfyKz4yNb
Darnell Mayberry Today at 2:10 PM Love hearing Wade talking about working on his skill set, not relying on athleticism. That's what I want to see Westbrook do...on both ends!
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 10:37:12 PM CST Westbrook's reactions to Durant's comments this postseason have been comedy! https://t.co/39GWXTlDYn
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:34:09 PM CST #theyjustgothot
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:30:31 PM CST RT @MikeSherman: This would be the biggest comeback in NBA Playoff history, FYI https://t.co/GRd4QUj8QA
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:27:34 PM CST @sugarjen11 Somebody's gotta tell him. Might as well be you. Hopefully he sees it at halftime.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:26:28 PM CST Transition. Pick and roll. Fouling 3-point shooters. Communication. Rotations...what other areas can OKC struggle with defensively?
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:17:13 PM CST Kanter just sagging off West/Aldridge. I don't get it. They're only 2 of the best mid-range shooters of, oh, I don't know, the last 20 years
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:12:37 PM CST @OKRelig No one saw this coming.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:10:07 PM CST Welp, at least KD didn't foul Green on that one.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:08:39 PM CST Thunder gon Thunder. How many times are they going to foul 3-point shooters? Geez.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 08:01:18 PM CST 43 points. In the first quarter. Of a playoff game!
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:52:46 PM CST @realkoolin Now what now?
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:38:13 PM CST Spurs getting whatever they want right now. Whatever. They. Want.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:39:31 AM CST @DeeringTornado James Posey!
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:35:46 AM CST Does this mean these cats are out here playing at a level on D that we haven't seen since the '04 Pistons? https://t.co/ZT340AYlP3
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:14:32 AM CST Big time cover here from the @ExpressNews. And a potentially frightening one if you're a Thunder fan. https://t.co/aWAUVzFOCf