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 season review: What they're saying about Russell Westbrook

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Point guard’s all-around dominance drew praise from teammates, opposing players and opposing coaches.

  • Russell Westbrook transformed into a capable leader during difficult season for the Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    The defining moment that set the stage for Russell Westbrook’s sensational season took place in Tulsa, on an obscure October night, in an otherwise uneventful exhibition game inside the BOK Center. You had to be there to see it. And if you blinked, or had seats in the nosebleeds, you probably missed it. It was Westbrook at his worst. After missing a driving layup midway through the third quarter, Westbrook fell to the floor and sat directly in front of the stanchion, waiting for a foul call that wouldn’t come. The Thunder, meanwhile, was playing 4-on-5 after Steven Adams snatched the offensive rebound. And as Westbrook sat there, a teammate from the bench shouted something in his direction. “Shut the

  • Thunder again set to participate in Orlando Pro Summer League

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The Thunder will play a five-game schedule in the this year’s Orlando Pro Summer League, which will run from July 4-10 . Oklahoma City will be joined by Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Indiana, the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn, Memphis and host Orlando, which will enter two teams in the field. The Thunder opens summer league play […]

  • Rapper Lil B goes from hounding Kevin Durant to putting James Harden on notice

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    You remember Lil B? The rapper who over the past several seasons has engaged in a comical internet beef with Thunder forward Kevin Durant, a beef in which the rapper supposedly put a curse on KD? Well, he’s back. Now the rapper has sent out a warning to Houston guard James Harden that he could […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Step-back jumper is Dion Waiters' baby

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    It’s a challenging but clever maneuver, a move designed to create separation, provide ample space to get off an uncontested shot and keep defenders off balance. When executed properly it is a thing of beauty.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters did an admirable job under the circumstances. He came to the Thunder in mid-season, got thrust into different roles and did his best to be a positive contributor on both ends. But his production left more to be desired, and his end-of-the-year grades reflect that.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: What they're saying about Dion Waiters

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Everyone seems to have an opinion about Dion Waiters. Some are favorable. Most aren’t. But the men who have coached Waiters and played with him often tell a different story.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Dion Waiters by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters added a much-needed scoring threat to an injury-plagued roster. But he struggled all season shooting the ball and it resulted in several career lows in key efficiency categories.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Perry Jones' season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Jenni Carlson | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Three questions for three writers, discussing Perry Jones’ season.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder to pick 14th after NBA Draft Lottery

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City remained in the 14th slot after the NBA Draft Lottery determined the draft order of the 14 non-playoff teams on Tuesday night.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow's 2014-15 season by the numbers

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow was magnificent for much of the season as a sharpshooter off the bench. He played the third most minutes of any season in his career, but he was so good he left most wondering why he didn’t play more.

  • OKC Thunder: What Anthony Morrow's coaches and teammates have to say about him

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow’s reputation precedes him. He’s known throughout the NBA as being one of the best shooters in the league. Nobody knows better than those that have played with him and coached him.

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Discussing Anthony Morrow's present and future impact in OKC

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Anthony Morrow.

  • OKC Thunder: Anthony Morrow's lofty offseason goal provides a peek into the mind of one of the league's best marksmen

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Morrow easily could be satisfied with what he did in his first season in a Thunder uniform. But he’s not. He wants more.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading Anthony Morrow's 2014-15 season

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Anthony Morrow is without question the biggest free agent signing in Thunder history. And after the way he performed in his debut season in OKC, he’s ensured that he wasn’t just the biggest but also the best.

  • Russell Westbrook wins season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has won the season long NBA Cares Community Assist Award, The Oklahoman has learned. An official announcement will be made Tuesday night, with Westbrook being presented with the David Robinson Plaque from NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum at the NBA Draft Lottery in New York City. The Community Assist Award recognizes […]

  • Why would the Thunder re-sign Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler?

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    They’re the Thunder’s lone two free agents this summer, and they both have flaws sizable enough that some fans wouldn’t mind seeing them gone. Still, the Thunder has expressed its desire to re-sign Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler, both of whom will be restricted free agents on July 1. Kanter was a double-double machine in […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Odds are against the Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    With just a 1.8 percent chance of moving into the top three selections, Oklahoma City has the worst odds for landing one of the coveted first three picks.

  • Serge Ibaka responds to rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson dunk callout

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Meet former Arizona swingman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He’s known for his length, energy, defense and athleticism. He’s a high flyer who is projected to be a first-round pick in next month’s NBA Draft. But before he’s even been drafted, Hollis-Jefferson already has his eyes set on someone he wants to put on a poster, and that […]




Darnell Mayberry Sun, Aug. 02 2015 04:40:54 PM CST New OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan honed his game and made his name in the toughest of basketball environments http://t.co/BKa0AwyqMp
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Aug. 01 2015 04:50:32 PM CST @MartyMacsWorld Ahem, Norfolk State stand up!! :)
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 31 2015 09:42:18 PM CST Nancy Lieberman on her move to NBA assistant coach: "If you’re qualified you can have an opportunity" -- http://t.co/IlOOZmsNuj
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 31 2015 12:41:36 PM CST @EyeAmTruth Is that your house?
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:34:53 PM CST Sam Presti statement on the signing of Josh Huestis. http://t.co/5ZELMhtCQx
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:12:56 PM CST My story on Josh Huestis from earlier this month - http://t.co/U05QunrauY
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 30 2015 05:07:29 PM CST RT @ShamsCharania: Josh Huestis, the No. 29 pick in 2014, has signed a four-year rookie scale deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league s…
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 29 2015 11:20:30 AM CST @JoshofIsh Just recorded a special edition. Look for it Monday.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 28 2015 03:38:46 PM CST We know three Thunder preseason games: Fenerbahce Ulker in OKC on Oct. 9, Mavs in Tulsa on Oct. 13 and at Utah on Oct. 20.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 28 2015 01:23:02 PM CST The Thunder will play a preseason game at Utah on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. central.
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 24 2015 12:48:09 AM CST RT @indystar: Know your rights during police encounters: http://t.co/jDso9BChVL http://t.co/yUiUqcXHgK
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 17 2015 10:02:21 AM CST Kevin Durant is coming back next season, and I can't wait!! http://t.co/ElqZzJsaVl (h/t @Teddy_P15)
Darnell Mayberry Fri, Jul. 17 2015 10:02:01 AM CST RT @JenniCarlson_OK: Why a mom wanted her daughter to go to KD's camp -- and how we offered an assist: http://t.co/rossuC6NTg
Darnell Mayberry Thu, Jul. 16 2015 10:33:49 AM CST Dion Waiters thinks OKC has everything it needs to win a title next season http://t.co/2AzaJWf2Ld
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 15 2015 03:22:11 PM CST RT @SiriusXMNBA: "[Durant] is progressing well..he is running which is stage three of that process" @okcthunder GM Sam Presti #NBA
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 15 2015 11:36:55 AM CST RT @ErikHorneOK: I mean, this seems appropriate. https://t.co/82o0czdLOC
Darnell Mayberry Wed, Jul. 15 2015 10:28:13 AM CST The Thunder retain Enes Kanter, as the ghost of James Harden looms over the team http://t.co/aY06HQjVug via @YahooSports
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:34:49 PM CST @JoshofIsh I'm looking forward to the pod because Slater agreed, Berry disagreed and I was in the middle.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:33:30 PM CST @Hubbs0412 can trade for a player for up to that amount without having to send out matching salaries.
Darnell Mayberry Tue, Jul. 14 2015 10:32:29 PM CST @clay_clay_ he's ready but might be a year away on this team.

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