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.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015
In his 19 seasons at the University of Florida, Donovan led the Gators to seven Elite Eights, four Final Fours and two national championships.
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015
Billy Donovan was introduced as the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Watch the entire press conference here and review The Oklahoman's live coverage.
staff reports | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015
Before Billy Donovan was introduced Friday, Darnell Mayberry answered your Thunder and NBA related questions on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015
Durant, who is still in Oklahoma City recovering from a bone graft surgery he had on his right foot in March, likely will visit with his new coach before or after the press conference.
Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015
Kevin Durant on Thursday expressed excitement about the hiring of Billy Donovan as Thunder coach, saying he can’t wait to get started with Donovan. Here’s a full transcript of what Durant said about Donovan. Q: What was your reaction when you heard the news? A: I was excited. When you don’t have a coach, it’s […]
darnell mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015
A coaching search that started with Thunder general manager Sam Presti saying he wouldn’t limit the scope of candidates he would consider ended Thursday with Oklahoma City getting the one man it seemed to be after from the start.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 29, 2015
ESPN and Yahoo! Sports reported that Donovan had entered into advanced contract negotiations with the Thunder on Wednesday, but a deal had yet to be finalized by the end of the day. A decision is expected within the next 48 hours, according to ESPN.com, which is citing an anonymous source with knowledge of the situation.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015
Neither school has a player that is expected to be drafted. But that didn’t stop the Thunder general manager and other team executives from traveling to both campuses on multiple occasions this season for what some believe were trips to scout Billy Donovan and Kevin Ollie.
staff reports | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015
The Thunder coaching search continues. Join Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry for some Thunder talk at 11 a.m. on the Power Lunch chat.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015
It starts with a blue-collar approach that makes no room for excuses or complaints. It requires embracing the community and understanding the team’s role in it. It mandates you believe and buy in to a team philosophy and put aside individual goals for the greater good.
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015
We reached out to reporters in Gainesville, Fla., Storrs, Conn., and Chicago to learn more about Florida coach Billy Donovan, UConn coach Kevin Ollie and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Lost in Thunder general manager Sam Presti’s 38-minute press conference Wednesday night was a sliver of insight into how exactly the Thunder has attempted to operate in this injury-ravaged season.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015
The surest bet for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook staying in OKC is the new coach taking over and making the Thunder better.
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015
In a heartfelt farewell message, Durant expressed his gratitude to Brooks for helping guide his personal development and the success of the team over the past seven seasons. But more importantly, Durant also stood by the organization’s decision to go in a different direction.
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Thunder general manager Sam Presti addresses the media following the Thunder's firing of Scott Brooks as head coach on Wednesday. Watch the press conference at 7 p.m. and follow live coverage with Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and more from around the Web.
darnell mayberry | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015
The Oklahoma City Thunder has fired coach Scott Brooks. Brooks, after seven seasons with the team, has been relieved of his duties with one year remaining on his contract. The team sent out a release announcing Brooks' dismissal. “This is an extremely difficult decision on many levels. Scott helped establish the identity of the Thunder and has earned his rightful place in the history of our organization through his seven years as a valued leader and team member,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti in a statement. “As we all know, this past year we had unique and challenging circumstances and as I have conveyed, not many people could have accomplished what
By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015
Ollie, 42, finished his 13-year NBA playing career in Oklahoma City in 2009-10, when he teamed with Thunder stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.
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.
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.
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.