Erik Horne
Digital News Thunder Beat Writer

Erik Horne is in his first season on the Thunder beat. Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La. – located 25 miles west of New Orleans – Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.


  • OKC Thunder journal: Kevin Durant gives his scouting report of the Spurs' defense

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    According to basketball-reference.com, the Spurs’ 99.0 defensive rating is the 11th best in the league since 1973. The Spurs held the Thunder to 98.3 ppg in four meetings, 11.9 points below OKC’s season average.

  • OKC Thunder: How the Durant-Westbrook late-game shot domination stacks up to the NBA title contenders

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Often when the game comes down to the final five minutes, the Thunder offense looks like 2-on-5. It’s not uncommon for duos to dominate the shots in the NBA, but the Thunder does it more so than any of the other NBA title contenders.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's counter emerges in Kawhi Leonard's blossoming game

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Looking for a reason why San Antonio in Western Conference semifinals is such a daunting matchup for the Thunder? Look no further than Leonard, whose created neutrality against Durant that few teams in the league can replicate.

  • Scott Brooks officially hired as Washington Wizards head coach

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Former Thunder coach Scott Brooks was officially hired by the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Brooks, who was fired by the Thunder in April of 2015, reportedly has a five-year, $35 million deal to coach Washington. OFFICIAL: #Wizards Hire Scott Brooks as Head Coach Welcome to DC, Coach Brooks! Release: https://t.co/lE8zW6ECb1 pic.twitter.com/CfUihBb0Xl — Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) April 26, 2016 Brooks went 338-207 in seven seasons with the Thunder, making the playoffs in five of those seasons. He led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2011-12 and won NBA Coach of the Year in 2009-10.

  • Thunder: Billy Donovan receives one vote for NBA Coach of the Year

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    In his first season as Thunder coach, Billy Donovan finished with a 55-27 regular season record and a Northwest Division championship. It was only enough to earn Donovan a single third-place vote in the NBA Coach of the Year results, released Tuesday by the league. Golden State's Steve Kerr won the award, with Portland's Terry Stotts and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich placing second and third, respectively. Donovan's lone third-place vote came from Fox Sports Oklahoma's Brian Davis. You can see the full voting results here. Kerr received 64 first-place votes from the panel of 130 sports writers and broadcasters throughout the United States.

  • Thunder journal: The full transcript of Mark Cuban saying Russell Westbrook isn’t a superstar

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a bold statement before the Thunder's 118-104 win in Game 5 Monday, saying Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was an All-Star but not a superstar. Cuban sat courtside talking shop with reporters in pregame when he was asked if Kevin Durant was worthy of first-team All-NBA recognition this season. “I think he's better than that,” Cuban said. “He's a Top 3 player. He's a superstar. “They're lucky to have him. They've got one superstar, he plays like it, and he's good.” Another reported asked Cuban in shock “how many?” double-checking to make sure Cuban was right about how many superstars he was accounting for on the Thunder. Only one? No Westbrook? Here's

  • Danny Ferry: Curry injury plays 'mind games with everyone'

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    As a 13-year NBA veteran and a former general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks, Danny Ferry has seen plenty of basketball. The 49-year-old, who still lives in Atlanta, was in town to see the Thunder close out the Dallas Mavericks on Monday. The Oklahoman: What do you think of what you're seeing from the Thunder in this series and their chances of coming out of the Western Conference? Ferry: “With those top four teams in the West, it's gonna be a dogfight in the second round, but they've got as good a chance as anyone.” When you were GM with the Atlanta Hawks, you had a team that was on the forefront of playing smaller lineups frequently with effect.

  • Thunder: Mark Cuban says Russell Westbrook isn't a superstar

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made a bold statement before Thunder-Mavericks Game 5, saying Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was “an All-Star but not a superstar." Here’s how it went: Cuban sat courtside talking shop with reporters in pregame when he was asked if Kevin Durant was worthy of first-team All-NBA recognition this season. “I think he’s better than that,” Cuban said. “He’s a Top 3 player. He’s a superstar. “They’re lucky to have him. They’ve got one superstar, he plays like it, and he’s good.” Another reporter asked Cuban in shock “how many?,” double-checking to make sure Cuban was right about how

  • Thunder Q&A: Randy Foye says OKC isn't playing its best basketball yet

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Foye, who was acquired by the Thunder from Denver in a trade deadline deal on Feb. 18, is back in the postseason, on the brink of advancing to the Western Conference second round.

  • KD ejected in fourth quarter for Flagrant 2 foul

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    With 50.6 seconds left in the Thunder’s 119-108 win over Dallas in Game 4, Durant received his first ever playoff ejection for a foul on Mavericks rookie Justin Anderson.

  • Collected Wisdom: Derek Harper, Dallas Mavericks television analyst

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 23, 2016

    DALLAS – Derek Harper spent 16 seasons in the NBA, playing for teams like the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic, but he spent the majority of his career — 12 seasons — with the Dallas Mavericks, who drafted him 11th overall in 1983. Now the 54-year-old is a television analyst for Mavericks games. He sat down with The Oklahoman before Game 4 on Saturday: I realize that people want to hear from me. “They don't want to hear from the play-by-play guy because he doesn't know s*** – no, I'm joking. I'm really joking when I say that. I think fans in general want to hear from people who've played and been around the game most of their lives.” Basketball is what's made me who I am.

  • OKC Thunder: Serge Ibaka giving OKC best play of season, ever-evolving game against Mavericks

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    So far in the Thunder's first-round series against Dallas, Serge Ibaka’s playing his best basketball of the season, in a style that contrasts his past playoff run-ins with the Mavericks.

  • Kevin Durant on Scott Brooks, Wizards connection: 'I'm not into theories'

    By Erik Horne, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel Staff Writers | Published: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    On Friday before practice at SMU’s Crum Center, Kevin Durant responded to questions about Scott Brooks’ return to the NBA, including speculation that Brooks' hire was made as an attempt to lure Durant to Washington in free agency:

  • Dion Waiters says OKC ‘can’t get caught up’ in Game 3 blowout

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    DALLAS – Thunder guard Dion Waiters is coming off the biggest performance of his Thunder career, scoring 19 points in OKC's 131-102 win against Dallas in Game 3 on Thursday. At practice on Friday at SMU's Crum Center, however, Waiters came in with a clean slate about his game and the Thunder's play through three in the series: How big of a defensive impact is the Thunder's size and physicality at guard with yourself and Andre Roberson? “We're all making them work, just not giving up anything easy and making it tough as possible. Guys are gonna make shots, but as long as we make it tough for 'em, we put ourselves in a pretty good position.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Recapping OKC's Game 3 blowout of the Dallas Mavericks

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne,Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    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 the Thunder. 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 -- Mavs-Thunder Game 3 recap (<–Click Here) - Much like Game 1, the Thunder blasted the Mavericks in Game 3. What led to the blowout? What's the Thunder's biggest advantage in this series? Can OKC's bench continue this type of play? Is there any way the Mavericks get back in the series? We discuss.

  • Thunder: Kevin Durant answers questions on Scott Brooks' hire in Washington

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    DALLAS – About an hour before Thunder-Mavericks Game 3 on Thursday, reports surfaced that former Thunder coach Scott Brooks had agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal to coach the Washington Wizards. On Friday before practice at SMU’s Crum Center, Kevin Durant responded to questions about Brooks’ return to the NBA, including speculation that Brooks' hire was made as an attempt to lure Durant to Washington in free agency: What did you think of the Wizards hiring Scott Brooks? Durant: “I’m happy for Scotty. I’m glad he’s back in the NBA. (Brooks is) a great coach. Somebody I really got to know and appreciate, so I’m happy for him.

  • Thunder stayed focused when Game 3 got physical

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    DALLAS – With Dallas' J.J. Barea at the free-throw line in the third quarter, Kevin Durant caught the Mavericks' Salah Mejri with an elbow, replayed multiple times on the American Airlines Center big screen to “ohhhs” and raised arms from the crowd. On the next possession, while Ibaka was hitting a baseline jump shot, Steven Adams and Raymond Felton got into a mini-skirmish jostling for position beneath the basket. After a long review by officials, Felton and Adams each received technical fouls. The stoppage stalled the Thunder's momentum. Dallas cut its deficit from 15 points to 10. It wasn't the only time the Thunder could've cracked after brushes with the Mavericks.

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing Game 3 of the series between the Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer, ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews Game 3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Dallas Mavericks When: 6 p.m. on Thursday                                                   Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas TV: FS Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722 — Dish 416 — DirecTV 676-5 — U-verse 751/1751) — TNT (Cox 31/HD 730 — Dish 138 — DirecTV 245 — U-verse 108/1108) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Series: Tied 1-1 THREE THINGS TO KNOW * The Thunder has won both games at the American Airlines Center this season by an average of 8.0 points per game * The Thunder and Mavericks are struggling from 3-point range, shooting just 28.4

  • OKC Thunder: How the Thunder-Mavericks series shifted in less than three minutes

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    In a two-minute, 36-second span in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks jumped back into the series through big shots, Thunder defensive lapses and OKC’s late-game offensive issues creeping up again.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How concerning was the Thunder's Game 2 loss to Dallas?

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    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 the Thunder. 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 -- Game 2 Mavs-Thunder recap (<–Click Here) - The Thunder, shockingly, lost to the depleted Dallas Mavericks in Game 2 at home. But unsurprisingly, it happened because of some poor late-game play. What went wrong? What happened to Kevin Durant? What needs to be done to fix it? We discuss.





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