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.



  • The Thunder's Zombie Trade: Why James Harden to Houston is the deal that will never die

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    We just can’t take our eyes off of James Harden, and every season since he was traded by the Thunder to Houston he’s supplied a new reason to keep us watching. With each passing element we’re reminded of the fateful trade that altered the course of two franchises, maybe forever.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grizzlies push past Thunder and a worn-out Russell Westbrook

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Jeff Green scored 22 points and Marc Gasol added 19 as the Memphis defeated Oklahoma City 100-92 on Friday night.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Thunder to highlight newly renovated National Memorial and Museum

    By Anthony Slater and Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    During Sunday’s home game against the Houston Rockets — a noon tip on ABC — fans will receive special bracelets “marked with the Thunder logo, the #OKStandard hashtag and the Oklahoma Standard values of service, honor and kindness,” per a team press release.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The Thunder kicks off a critical three-game stretch tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    The Thunder enters its most important stretch of the season tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. Talk about the Thunder playoff push with Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder doesn't have the right personnel to play good defense

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    With injuries to Serge Ibaka, Andre Roberson, Nick Collison and Kevin Durant, the Thunder is missing four of its best defenders — arguably its best four. Attempting to replace that quartet is a group of offensive-minded players who have vast shortcomings defensively.

  • Thunder Thursday: Life behind the eight ball

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    THUNDER THURSDAY -- The home loss to the Mavericks ended the Thunder’s hopes of moving up in the Western Conference playoff race. But is it too soon to assume OKC will be the eight-seed and face Golden State? The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team discusses.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dallas shreds Thunder defense, wins shootout 135-131

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The loss, only the second in the Thunder’s past 15 home games, dropped OKC to 42-33, assuring that this injury-plagued season will not end with 50 wins, which would be the first time the Thunder hasn’t hit that mark since the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks face off in a critical matchup for Western Conference playoff seeding. Follow the action with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Durant: "I would love to get my jersey retired here"

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    It doesn’t sound like Kevin Durant is looking to go anywhere anytime soon. The face of the Thunder franchise said in a recent interview with Revolt TV that he would like to play with one franchise his entire career and could see his jersey retired in Oklahoma City. The topic came up when the interviewer […]

  • Gerald Green looks back on decision to bypass Oklahoma State for the NBA

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    While the fate of Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford twists in the wind, the men’s basketball program’s next great hope, Jawun Evans (Justin F. Kimball High/Dallas, Texas), will take the national stage Wednesday night in the 38th McDonald’s All American Game. Evans, a 6-foot point guard who has drawn comparisons to a young Chris Paul, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant undergoes bone graft surgery; Dion Waiters sore but OK

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Kevin Durant underwent bone graft surgery Tuesday on the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, the Thunder announced.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Winning on the road has been an issue for OKC

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    But a potential blueprint for notching victories away from home down the stretch and into the playoffs was seen in Sunday’s 109-97 win at Phoenix. It started with defense.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams growing into a versatile defender

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Overshadowed in the Thunder’s gritty come-from-behind win Sunday at Phoenix was the versatility Adams showed against the Suns. As fans have become enamored with newcomer Enes Kanter’s scoring skills, Adams stepped up and showed he remains special in his own right.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Dion Waiters might require MRI on sore left foot

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Waiters has been experiencing discomfort since March 24, he said, when his foot contorted awkwardly against the Los Angeles Lakers. The soreness limited him to 24 minutes Saturday at Utah, with only five coming in the second half and none in the fourth quarter.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    staff reports | Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder tries to extend its lead over the Phoenix Suns for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC's road struggles continue in Utah

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    It was the Thunder’s sixth loss in the last seven road games, this one coming against a Jazz team that had been playing better of late but had lost four straight and entered the night 10 games under .500.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter praises OKC, draws Jazz fans' ire with comments

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    As he was introduced as a starter just prior to tipoff at Utah on Saturday night, Enes Kanter received a hearty chorus of boos by the Jazz faithful. And when he did, Kanter raised both arms, flapped both his hands and then pressed them against his ears as if to ask, ‘Is that all you got?’

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Jazz

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The stretch run has begun. Looking to bounce back from a blowout loss, the Oklahoma City Thunder takes on the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Is this just an intermission in Kevin Durant's career or career-altering injury?

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is scheduled to have a bone graft operation next week and will be unable to perform basketball activities for four to six months.




Darnell Mayberry Mon, Apr. 27 2015 10:08:04 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder interested in Florida and UConn — and it has nothing to do with players LINK
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Apr. 27 2015 05:54:15 PM CST Pray for Baltimore
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Apr. 27 2015 04:44:11 PM CST RT @SportsCenter: Men's basketball is likely heading toward reducing its shot clock from 35 to 30 seconds, chair of NCAA rules committee te…
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Apr. 27 2015 03:18:17 PM CST RT @BryanNix @DarnellMayberry I just heard from a Duke donor that KD met with Coach K.
Darnell Mayberry Mon, Apr. 27 2015 10:16:33 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Donovan? Ollie? Thibs? Thunder coaching questions? Ask @DarnellMayberry on the Power Lunch chat: LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Apr. 26 2015 10:14:30 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: New coach must adapt to the 'Thunder Way' LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Apr. 26 2015 01:14:52 AM CST @sixerron yes
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Apr. 25 2015 05:57:20 PM CST OKC Thunder: A look at three top coaching candidates LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 24 2015 10:45:46 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder is carrying out what it has spent years preparing for LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 24 2015 06:38:39 PM CST RT @GoodmanESPN: Donovan: Also understand this could come down to family decision. Does wife want to go to OKC, son is h.s. senior, has you…
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 24 2015 06:38:23 PM CST RT @GoodmanESPN: Almost everyone I have spoken to close to Billy Donovan believes he will take the OKC job -- if/when it's offered.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 24 2015 06:02:25 PM CST RT @NewsOKThunder: The champion of the @BerryTramel @DarnellMayberry Thunder Coaching Search Bracket is ... LINK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Apr. 24 2015 02:40:39 PM CST And off we go. A Thunder Coaching Search Bracket LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:47:12 PM CST Extremely gritty win by Golden State. Watch out for the Warriors. A game like tonight's proved once and for all they have it all!!
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:38:22 PM CST Shaun Livingston looking at that foul call like LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:34:26 PM CST The hits keep coming https://t.co/J5JnB47nDc
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:22:44 PM CST Steph Curry got us all like LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:19:34 PM CST Chef Curry!!!!!!
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 23 2015 11:10:49 PM CST #NBAPlayoffs LINK
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Apr. 23 2015 06:22:59 PM CST I really like watching this Boston team compete. They play hard. They play smart. They play together. They play D. And they're resilient.

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