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: Mitch McGary shows off conditioning in stint with Blue

    By Erik HorneStaff | Updated: 1 hr ago

    On Tuesday, Mitch McGary hustled up-and-down the floor, absorbed hard contact on screens, and barked out instructions on defense. He was also leaned over holding his shorts less than halfway through the second quarter. After surprising with two made 3-pointers, an attempt in the second quarter hit short, grazing the front of the rim. You could see McGary was gassed, but he came down the floor on the next possession and scored a nice right-handed push shot. He then took his rest, slightly leaning against his assignment on post defense while grinning ever so slightly. The Oklahoma City Blue lost to the Idaho Stampede 93-84, but in his first D-League stint this season, McGary getting on the floor after a sluggish start with the

  • Reggie Jackson fined $25,000 for shouting 'inappropriate language' at OKC Thunder game

    Erik Horne | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson was greeted with boos in his return to Oklahoma City last week with the Pistons. He was also greeted with some heckling from the crowd. Jackson returned fire in the Pistons’ loss, and the NBA made him pay on Tuesday. The league announced that Jackson has been fined $25,000 for directing inappropriate language toward a fan during the Nov. 27 game. The incident, which shows Jackson walking to the sideline and talking to a fan behind the Pistons bench, was recorded via a cell phone video and gained traction on YouTube since Nov. 28, with more than 175,000 views as of Tuesday. “Fans were heckling Reggie Jackson last night during the Thunder’s win over

  • OKC Thunder: Why Kevin Durant isn't on the NBA scoring leaders list?

    Erik Horne | Updated: 12 hr ago

    There was a brief omission from the ranks of the top NBA scorers on Tuesday. Thunder leading scorer Kevin Durant is noticeably missing from the league’s points per game leaders. Durant's scoring average of 28.4 ppg would have him third in the league behind Stephen Curry (31.6) and James Harden (29.8), but he’s only played in 12 of the Thunder’s 18 games. In order to qualify as an NBA statistical leader, a player must have participated in 70 percent of his team’s games, or 58 in an 82-game season. Durant is currently at 66.6 percent. Don’t look for Durant’s name among the league leaders for the remainder of the week.

  • Power Lunch: chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 13 hr ago

    Join Thunder beat writer Erik Horne in the Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m. to talk the Oklahoma City Thunder and more from around the NBA.

  • Thunder forward Kevin Durant named Western Conference Player of the Week

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    Since his return from a left hamstring strain, Kevin Durant has been on a prolific shooting stretch. The Thunder star was rewarded Monday by the NBA as the Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Nov. 23-29. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was named the Eastern Conference's Player of the Week. In the three games since Durant's return, he's averaged 30.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 blocks per game while shooting 58.5 percent from the field, 52.2 from 3-point range and 94.4 from the free throw line. The Thunder is 3-0 in those games. Durant and the Thunder plays on the road Monday at Atlanta and Thursday at Miami.

  • Thunder's Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis assigned to Oklahoma City Blue

    Erik Horne | Yesterday

    The Thunder announced Monday morning that it has assigned second-year players Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis to the D-League Oklahoma City Blue. The 6-foot-7 Huestis has been an up-and-down assignment/call-up between the Thunder and Blue this season, appearing in four games for the Blue and none yet for the Thunder in the regular season. McGary, however, is getting his first assignment with the Blue this season after making four appearances last year as a rookie. McGary suffered a concussion in the preseason against Memphis on Oct. 16 that set him back in terms of practice time and integration into Billy Donovan's new offensive and defensive schemes. Then, McGary sprained his left ankle in a road

  • OKC Thunder: Is the Eastern Conference catching up? Thunder says 'no' as it hits the road against Hawks, Heat

    By Erik HorneStaff | Updated: Sun, Nov 29, 2015

    The Thunder, winner of four consecutive games, is playing its best ball of the season, but while OKC has had its way with the Western Conference so far, the Eastern Conference has been a bit tricker.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Recapping Reggie Jackson's unpleasant return to Oklahoma City

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    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 -- 11/28 (<–Click Here) - Reggie Jackson's return to Oklahoma City was interesting and unsuccessful. The Thunder crowd jeered him, the team romped him and the stars disrespected him. What was our view of the night? And what is going right for OKC during this 4-game win streak? We discuss.

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook on Reggie Jackson: 'Just another player, another team'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Following the Thunder's 103-87 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Russell Westbrook was asked about his former teammate Reggie Jackson and how Oklahoma City handled him. The stat sheet says the Thunder handled Jackson's return well. Jackson shot 4-of-16 from the field for 15 points and a minus-20 plus/minus in 26 foul-plagued minutes. Westbrook had struggles of his own on Friday, fouling out and turning the ball over 11 times, but he wasn't ready to acknowledge Jackson in postgame interviews. Here's the transcript: There was a lot of anticipation about Reggie’s return to OKC.

  • OKC Thunder: Defense-by-committee limits Pistons' Andre Drummond

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    The Thunder’s defense-by-committee on Drummond, spearheaded by Steven Adams, held the 6-foot-11, 279-pounder to table scraps as he battled foul trouble all night.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Pistons

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    The Thunder is at home against Detroit tonight. Follow live updates on the matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant respects Reggie Jackson despite 'rough ending' with Thunder

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson didn’t leave Oklahoma City on the best of terms. Kevin Durant isn’t afraid to say it. “It was tough. I didn’t like some of the stuff he said in the media and how he went about it,” Durant said Friday at shootaround, hours before the Thunder and Pistons play in Jackson’s first game back in Oklahoma City since being traded.  “… but at the end of the day you’ve got to respect a guy who wants that opportunity and I can appreciate a guy who wants that opportunity.” The Pistons were able to offer Jackson the opportunity he wanted to become a starting point guard, and rewarded him with a five-year,

  • Catching up with ex-Thunder player Reggie Jackson

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer | Updated: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Last week during a timeout against New Orleans, the Chesapeake Energy Arena big screen showed the face of one of the Thunder's most beloved former players. When Kendrick Perkins' unmistakable scowl appeared above high above the court, the crowd erupted into a chorus of cheers. When former Thunder players Jeff Green and James Harden made their first returns to Oklahoma City, their welcomes were similar — warm, raucous, appreciative. Will Thunder fans show the same love to Reggie Jackson? Now the Detroit Pistons point guard, he didn't leave Oklahoma City on the same terms. Now he's back to face his former team for the first time on Friday. Jackson told the Detroit media Wednesday he knows what to expect. "I

  • OKC Thunder: How former Thunder players fared in their returns to Oklahoma City

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    A look at some notable former Thunder players and how they've fared in their return to Chesapeake Energy Arena with other teams: COLE ALDRICH April 15, 2013: Playing for the Sacramento Kings, the former lottery pick posted a respectable 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting and 13 rebounds in a 104-95 Thunder win. Aldrich was dealt to Rockets as part of the James Harden trade, then traded to the Kings after 30 games. He currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. CARON BUTLER Nov. 14, 2014: Butler, part of the Thunder's last playoff run in 2013-14, returned to Oklahoma City with the Pistons last November. He pulled down a season-high eight rebounds in 25 minutes in a 96-89 win over the Thunder, who played

  • OKC Thunder: Three-and-'D' Thunder dispatches Nets for third straight victory

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    Kevin Durant scored 30 points, Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 13 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-99 on Wednesday night.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Nets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Follow up-to-the-minute updates on tonight's Thunder-Nets matchup with our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan explains Anthony Morrow-Kyle Singler minutes shuffle

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    A recurring question from Thunder fans 15 games in has been about the rotation. Why are the minutes being divvied up the way they are, in particular between Anthony Morrow and Kyle Singler?

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing the Thunder vs. the Brooklyn Nets

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Brooklyn Nets. When: 7 p.m. on Wednesday Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722; Dish 442; DirecTV 676-5; U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Three things to know -The Thunder has yet to keep consecutive opponents under 100 points this season. Through 15 games last season, OKC allowed 100 or more points in consecutive games just once. -The Brooklyn Nets enter as one of the worst teams in the NBA offensively and defensively, ranking fifth-worst in the league in both offensive rating (98.1 points scored per 100 possessions) and defensive rating (105.8 points

  • OKC Thunder: Summer trash talkers Serge Ibaka, Ronde Hollis-Jefferson finally do battle

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    A matchup months in the making will happen Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena: Rookie forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will get his shot at Serge Ibaka. Before being drafted in the first round this summer, Hollis-Jefferson was asked at the NBA Draft Combine who’s the one guy he’d like to dunk on when he gets to the pros. Hollis-Jefferson picked the Thunder shot swatter. "I don't know if I should say this, because he might be, like, looking for me if I come down the paint," Hollis-Jefferson said during a television interview. "But I know Serge Ibaka is a big blocked-shot dude. So if I can get him, I'm good." Hollis-Jefferson was then asked to look into the camera and call

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan expands on Morrow's and Singler's minutes

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    A recurring question from Thunder fans 15 games in has been about the rotation. Why are the minutes being divvied up the way they are, in particular between Anthony Morrow and Kyle Singler? Dion Waiters has been a no-brainer off the bench at shooting guard with his two-way play, but the next man up on the wing has been a toggle between Singler and Morrow. Even with Morrow starting for a four-game stretch in Kevin Durant’s absence, Singler’s minutes began to increase, with Morrow logging a “Did Not Play” in a blowout of the Suns in game No. 7 of the season. MORROW/SINGLER MINUTES AT A GLANCE Games      Morrow      Singler First 5