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.



  • OKC Thunder: Denver did not take the Thunder seriously — and that's something OKC can take advantage of

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Nov 2, 2014

    With just eight healthy players on Saturday night, the Thunder then embarrassed a Nuggets team at full strength. Oklahoma City led by as many as 26 points and never trailed, and the Thunder ultimately walked out of Chesapeake Energy Arena with a gutsy 102-91 home-opening victory.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Short-handed Thunder grinds out impressive win over Nuggets

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Perry Jones and Serge Ibaka each scored 23 points to help the short-handed Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 102-91 on Saturday night for their first victory of the season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nuggets

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder opens its home schedule against the Denver Nuggets tonight at 7 p.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • Russell Westbrook to miss at least one month after surgery on his broken hand

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Nov 1, 2014

    Russell Westbrook underwent surgery Saturday morning on his broken right hand, the Thunder announced today. Westbrook will be re-evaluated in four weeks, at which time a further update will be provided. Westbrook fractured the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday night in Los Angeles. The injury occurred midway through the second quarter of the […]

  • Can Thunder weather a storm of injuries?

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    As the Oklahoma City Thunder go into their home opener Saturday, as many as seven players could be sidelined with injuries. General manager Sam Presti says, “We’re going to keep moving together as one and find the opportunities within the circumstances that are going to strengthen our team and our organization.”

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Thunder expected to get additional roster spot

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    With a team that has been decimated by injuries, Oklahoma City’s injury situation now classifies as a hardship case and the Thunder is expected to soon be awarded a rare additional roster spot.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about the Thunder's injury situation

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Thunder general manager Sam Presti — “In these situations you can either withdraw or advance, and we’re advancing the mentality day by day, every day. I love the group of guys that we have. They’re all here for a reason. They don’t expect to have the wind at their back and the waters calm every time they come to work. And that’s the reason why I’m confident that we’re going to continue to grow and thrive.” Thunder coach Scott Brooks — “It’s unfortunate the way it is right now, but that’s the way it is. We have to figure out how we can improve and get better from all of our experiences. And this is going to be a tough one, but the good teams, good players bounce back through adversity.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What's next for OKC without Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook?

    Updated: Fri, Oct 31, 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 - 10/31 (<--Click here) - An emergency for the Thunder means an emergency Thunder Buddies podcast. Russell Westbrook is down -- the seventh Thunder player to be injured already this season. What is going on? What can be done to remedy the situation? Is it possible OKC misses the

  • Russell Westbrook could miss four to six weeks after breaking his hand

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    LOS ANGELES — The early indication is that Russell Westbrook could miss four to six weeks after fracturing the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers. It could keep the Thunder’s electric point guard sidelined through mid-December and add him to an already ridiculously long list of injured Oklahoma City […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook injured, Thunder drops close one to Clippers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    Westbrook joined the comically-long list of injured Thunder players when he left Thursday’s 93-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers with a right hand injury. The severity of the injury is unknown,

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks will not overuse Russell Westbrook

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Brooks said before the game Wednesday at Portland that he wouldn’t carelessly ride Westbrook while Kevin Durant and five others are out with injuries, and the coach again explained that strategy a day later before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Clippers

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder goes for its first win of the season against Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. Follow our live coverage at 9:30 p.m. with the NewsOK Sports team.

  • Russell Westbrook, Scott Brooks keep their words in the Thunder's loss to the Blazers

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Almost everyone got caught up in the moment. And what a moment it was. An injury-ravaged Thunder team was on the road, in the season opener, with just nine healthy bodies, taking it to the high-powered Portland Trail Blazers. Almost everyone, at that moment, threw caution to the wind and wanted more. […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Portland drops Thunder in season opener

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Oct 30, 2014

    Russell Westbrook scores 38 points as injury-riddled Thunder loses 106-89

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Contract talks with Reggie Jackson likely to continue next summer

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The clock continues to tick toward Friday’s deadline for the Thunder to come to terms on a contract extension for guard Reggie Jackson. But as the deadline nears, a deal appears unlikely to get done and talks will have to resume next summer when Jackson becomes a restricted free agent.

  • Rewind: Thunder vs. Trail Blazers

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder dropped its season opener 106-89 to the Portland Trail Blazers. Review our live coverage and watch highlights from the game here.

  • OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook: 'No one's feeling sorry for us'

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER — The Oklahoma City Thunder opens its 2014-15 season at Portland Wednesday night. Before the game, several Thunder players and coach Scott Brooks sat down with The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry to talk about the matchup and the start of the already injury-plagued season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder will have to rely on defense early in season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Missing the offense of Kevin Durant and others means stopping the opposition gives OKC the best chance to win.

  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Decline coming for Pacers, Rockets

    Published: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff makes predictions for the NBA season, including Finals picks, coaches on the hot seat, and more

  • The Oklahoman's 2014-15 NBA predictions: Thunder win the West (barring injury)

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Oct 28, 2014

    Who’s the best in the West? The Oklahoman’s staff makes predictions for the NBA season.




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