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.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Thunder changes up and down the roster. Did the Thunder get better with the deadline deals? Talk about them with Darnell Mayberry on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter's best basketball is yet to come

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Kanter, 22, arrives playing the best basketball of his young career. The 6-foot-10 center from Turkey is averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The new-look Oklahoma City Thunder plays for the first time following the All-Star break against the Dallas Mavericks. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • Enes Kanter to Thunder; Reggie Jackson, Kendrick Perkins traded in multi-team deal

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder bolstered its bench in a big way Thursday. Minutes before the 2 p.m. trading deadline, the Thunder agreed to a three-team trade that sent Reggie Jackson to Detroit and Kendrick Perkins to Utah but brought four players back, including Jazz center Enes Kanter, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft. OKC also received Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin from Detroit, as well as sharpshooter Steve Novak from the Jazz. The deal has yet to be finalized with the league office in New York and several draft picks and additional players are expected to be included in the final version of the trade. One of those players is Tibor Pleiss, whose draft rights have been held by the Thunder since he was

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson non-committal about desire to stay with Thunder

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    “I would love to play basketball,” Jackson said when asked directly whether he wants to remain with the Thunder.

  • Q&A: Reggie Jackson discusses trade rumors and uncertain future with the Thunder

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Approximately 10 minutes before Reggie Jackson met with the Oklahoma City media for perhaps the final time, a report surfaced that his agent has requested the Thunder trade him. Jackson dutifully sauntered over to reporters anyway and spent the better part of his 4 1/2 minute interview session trying his best to answer tough questions […]

  • Q&A: Kevin Durant opens up about the James Harden trade, free agency and his relationship with the media

    Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    It's been quite the interesting week in the world of Kevin Durant. The Thunder's beloved superstar popped off at the media a couple times over All-Star weekend, then had some revealing comments in a GQ article that posted Wednesday morning. On Wednesday afternoon, following the Thunder's second post All-Star break practice, Durant met with the media. And it became clear he had plenty to get off his chest. Here is the candid Q&A. Story in GQ created some buzz, specifically the quote about your players not being as good in the past. What specifically did you mean? I think my words were misinterpreted a little bit. I read that this morning and felt bad, but I was just talking in terms of how the public views

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: KD says sore foot feeling a lot better

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    Durant played only 10 minutes in the West’s 163-158 win because of what he and the Thunder had deemed routine soreness in his right foot, discomfort that stemmed from preseason surgery to repair a fractured bone.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Confidence? Russell Westbrook never lacked it in the first place

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Mon, Feb 16, 2015

    “If Russ didn’t score (Sunday) his confidence would be sky high no matter what,” Thunder teammate and fellow All-Star Kevin Durant said. “He never gets rocked. He never gets shaken by any of this stuff.”

  • NBA All-Star Game: Russell Westbrook named MVP after 41-point performance

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    His scoring outburst, which featured 23 points coming in his first seven minutes, left him one point shy of Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 42, which he set in 1962.

  • All-Star notebook: Kevin Durant's playing time limited at All-Star Game

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Feb 15, 2015

    Durant finished with three points on 1-for-6 shooting in 10 minutes. It snapped his All-Star streak of 30-point games at four.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why four straight All-Star appearances by Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are something special

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will share the court for their fourth All-Star Game, moving them closer toward historic feats for All-Star appearances by teammates. The last pair of teammates selected to four All-Star teams before turning 27 was Wayne Embry and Oscar Robertson from 1961-64.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant doesn't expect to play much in Sunday's All-Star Game

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    The Thunder’s Kevin Durant will come off the bench for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, marking the first time he’s been a reserve in the midseason showcase since his first appearance in 2010.

  • Increasingly outspoken Kevin Durant growing tired of the media

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Feb 14, 2015

    New York City — Kevin Durant is making his feelings about the media clear at All-Star Weekend. On Friday morning, Durant made national headlines when he expressed his opinion about the media having too much power in selecting postseason NBA awards. On Saturday, he took things a step further when asked about rampant speculation surrounding […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: This All-Star appearance means more to Kevin Durant

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    While many fans and observers have questioned whether Durant belongs in this year’s All-Star Game, the Thunder star and league reigning MVP said this appearance means as much or more to him than any of his previous five.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Playing in a smaller market does not curb big-time opportunities for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    Playing in the league’s third smallest market hasn’t hindered either player from racking up off-court opportunities. In fact, couple the sampling of their agendas this weekend with their massive amounts of endorsements and it becomes clear that Westbrook and Durant can be every bit as successful off the court as they are on it.

  • Nuggets from my notebook from day one of All-Star Weekend

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    NEW YORK CITY — The first day of All-Star Weekend is mostly a madhouse, more this year than previous years, when it might have been more difficult — or less desirable — for media from around the world to travel to New Orleans, Houston and Orlando. On the Friday morning of All-Star Weekend, each All-Star […]

  • Kevin Durant says media has too much power, players should have say on NBA awards

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Feb 13, 2015

    NEW YORK CITY — It started off innocently enough. Kevin Durant at his annual All-Star interview session Friday morning was asked about the difference between a star player having a great season and a MVP caliber season. Durant’s answer quickly turned into a debate-worthy discussion about postseason awards and how winners are selected. “I mean, […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Kevin Durant participate in All-Star Weekend?

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Thu, Feb 12, 2015

    Kevin Durant could have had a week off to nurse his feet. The Thunder’s next game isn’t until Thursday. Instead, Durant seems deadset on partaking in this weekend’s festivities. It raises two questions: should Durant play in Sunday’s midseason showcase, and how much if at all?

  • OKC Thunder: KD plays through pain in win over Memphis

    By Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    Durant scored 26 points with a team-high 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and a steal. He made nine of 15 shots, including four of his six 3-point tries.

Darnell Mayberry Sun, Mar. 29 2015 10:24:23 PM CST Final: Thunder 109, Suns 97.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Mar. 29 2015 10:21:30 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: DJ Augustin sky hook seals this Thunder win https://t.co/H6YMwZrDYD
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Mar. 29 2015 10:20:15 PM CST This dude D.J. Augustin just made a running hook over a Morris.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Mar. 29 2015 09:24:02 PM CST @natheslop He's got 19 shots in the first half. His teammates have combined for 23.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Mar. 29 2015 08:13:15 PM CST But I honestly didn't see anything Westbrook did. Had to be something he said.
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Mar. 29 2015 08:12:51 PM CST Took 57 seconds for Russell Westbrook to get technical foul No. 15 against the Morris twins and the Suns
Darnell Mayberry Sun, Mar. 29 2015 07:04:13 PM CST Steven Adams starting on Markieff Morris tonight. That ought to be interesting.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 11:42:36 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC's road struggles continue in Utah LINK
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 11:37:16 PM CST Anthony Morrow through three quarters: 12 points on five shot attempts in 17 minutes.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 11:36:21 PM CST Anthony Morrow: 12 fourth-quarter minutes, zero shot attempts.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 11:33:09 PM CST In the fourth quarter, Russell Westbrook scored 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting. His teammates combined for three points on 1-for-9 shooting.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 10:37:56 PM CST Final: Jazz 94, Thunder 89.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 09:36:28 PM CST Jazz on a 35-14 run. Flipped a 15-point deficit into a five-point lead.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:50:58 PM CST Kanter stares down the crowd behind the basket after that foul. He's loving this.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:46:52 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: Here's Enes Kanter embracing the boos pregame via @Ananth_Pandian - https://t.co/U3m4NXPBHi
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:41:37 PM CST Sure, but they couldn't do it at home against Philly. So, um, yeah, who cares? RT @LogiLegend @DarnellMayberry it's the Jazz though
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:38:42 PM CST Also, the Thunder played defense.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:37:31 PM CST Really nice opening quarter from Westbrook. He's got 13 points and six assists. Thunder leads the Jazz, 32-21 after one.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:29:22 PM CST Adams back on the bench.
Darnell Mayberry Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:26:16 PM CST Steven Adams headed toward the locker room. Looks like he's trying to walk off whatever is bothering him. Took a hard fall a second ago.