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.


  • Q&A: Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Green-Adams, the Thunder’s talent and getting outcompeted

    Q&A: Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Green-Adams,...

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

    On Monday at Golden State's practice, Warriors coach Steve Kerr didn't back away from his stance on Draymond Green's foul on Steven Adams in the Thunder's Game 3 win. He also credited the Thunder for its talent in the Western Conference finals: Q: When you went back and saw (the play) again, did it change your opinion? A: "No, no. You watch this league, people flail all the time trying to draw fouls. In my opinion, and I've seen Draymond do this a lot. He goes up, he gets bumped. It was a minor foul. Adams kind of hit him here. He tried to sell it. He kicked his leg up. To me it's no different from Westbrook kicking his legs out on the threes when he feels like there's contact. Guys do it to try to sell the

  • Draymond Green's flagrant foul upgraded, but Warriors forward will play in Game 4 against Thunder

    Draymond Green\'s flagrant foul upgraded, but...

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

    On Monday, the Golden State Warriors forward was fined $25,000 and his Flagrant “1” foul on Thunder center Steven Adams in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals was upgraded to a Flagrant “2”.

  • Q&A: Warriors guard Shaun Livingston on what's gone wrong for Golden State

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Golden State guard Shaun Livingston was a Thunder player in 2009-10, appearing in 10 games for OKC. After battling knee injuries early in his career, he's thrived with the Warriors for the past two seasons as a reserve point guard. Livingston talked about what the Thunder did to throttle the Warriors 133-105 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday. Q: What has the Thunder done to take your team out of character in two of the last three games? A: "I think they came out with aggression tonight. They played to their home crowd. They are a talented team, you've got to give them credit, they are talented. Again, it's more about us. It's more about us making sure we play our style of basketball. I think in the

  • Dion Waiters at center of infectious Thunder ball-movement

    Dion Waiters at center of infectious Thunder...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    With the Thunder leading by three points in the first quarter, Billy Donovan made his first substitution at 7:19, bringing in Dion Waiters. Less than two minutes later, Waiters picked up the ball on the break and saw 6-foot-11 Festus Ezeli in front of him. The Thunder guard hesitated a beat to get Ezeli thinking he was going to pull up for a jumper. Wrong. Waiters blew by Ezeli … but looked stuffed at the rim before uncoiling a wraparound pass to Serge Ibaka for an easy dunk. Jokes have been made about “Waiters Island,” a place where ball movement stops and jumpers go up. But Waiters' infectious passing spread throughout the Thunder in its 133-105 blowout of the Warriors in Game 3 of the Western Conference

  • What they're saying about Thunder-Warriors Game 3

    What they\'re saying about Thunder-Warriors Game 3

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Mike Prada, NBA editor for sbnation.com in first quarter (via Twitter): “Strange to see someone go small and run the Warriors off the floor.” Diamond Leung, Warriors beat writer for Bay Area News Group (via Twitter): “Andrew Bogut and Steven Adams are professional about annoying each other. Played armsies with each other on the free throw.” J.A. Adande, ESPN.com columnist on Draymond Green Flagrant Foul 1 on Steven Adams in second quarter (via Twitter): “It's easy to sit Dahntay Jones for a game. Does the NBA have the, uh, stones to suspend Draymond Green for Game 4?” Gabe Ikard, Former OU offensive lineman (sitting courtside, via Twitter): “Draymond Green has entered the OKC Hate Zone with Patrick

  • The Collected Wisdom of Al Attles, legendary former Warriors player and coach

    The Collected Wisdom of Al Attles, legendary...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    Attles started his career with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1960, the beginning of a relationship with the franchise that’s lasted more than half a century

  • Previewing Thunder-Warriors, Western Conference finals Game 3

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 22, 2016

    The Oklahoman’s Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Golden State Warriors, Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan has ‘confidence’ in starters, but doesn’t reveal Game 3 lineup

    OKC Thunder journal: Billy Donovan has...

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

    The question about the Thunder starters directly referenced Andre Roberson. With Roberson on the floor against the Warriors this series, the Thunder has been outscored 100-70.

  • Thunder: Banged-up Steven Adams playing through a punishing postseason

    Thunder: Banged-up Steven Adams playing through...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    The Thunder’s improvement has been tied to Adams’ improvement. Adams’ minutes are up. So are his numbers. So are the nagging injuries that have slowed the burgeoning center briefly this postseason.

  • Thunder journal: Steven Adams says Draymond Green has 'peaked with annoyingness'

    Thunder journal: Steven Adams says Draymond...

    By Anthony Slater and Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    Less than two minutes into Wednesday's Game 2, Warriors forward Draymond Green hit a 3 to make the score 6-0. As he trotted back down the court, he got in Steven Adams' ear, chirping at OKC's center. “Nah. I can't really hear him,” Adams said. “I see him (talking when I'm) on the bench. But in the game, nah. It's quite hard because I can't really understand if it's the accent or what.” Later in the game, Green nailed Adams with an inadvertent knee to the groin while driving, hitting the shot and yelling at Adams as he writhed in pain. Then soon after, the two got tangled up again and Green pushed Adams.  “I think he's peaked with annoyingness,” Adams said after Friday's practice.

  • Kevin Durant explains why he cursed at Dion Waiters in Thunder-Warriors Game 2

    Kevin Durant explains why he cursed at Dion...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, May 20, 2016

    In the second quarter of Thunder-Warriors Game 2, Kevin Durant raised his hand on the fast break, signaling to Dion Waiters for a pass. He clapped as he started to run under the basket. Durant obviously wanted the ball. Waiters, dribbling up the other side of the court, held it instead, waiting for Durant to curl around to his side. Durant did, caught Waiters' pass, and quickly turned to hit a jumper over Draymond Green. When the Warriors called a timeout after the shot, Durant was smiling. Then the TV cameras clearly caught Durant cursing at Waiters. "Hey man, f*** you. Hey, f*** you." Durant then bumped Waiters as they were walking to the Thunder bench. What was that all about?

  • Thunder journal: Russell Westbrook joining Kevin Durant in Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2016

    Thunder journal: Russell Westbrook joining...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Westbrook is one of seven Oklahomans who have been selected for induction into the 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class. He’ll be joined by Troy Aikman, Henryetta; Rita Bly Aragon, Dale; Michael Burrage, Durant; Dan Dillingham, Enid; Rebecca Dixon, Tulsa; and Kelli O’Hara, Elk City.

  • How Michigan State's Tom Izzo chose between his friend (Billy Donovan) and player (Draymond Green)

    How Michigan State\'s Tom Izzo chose between his...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, May 19, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo is a wanted man. Between sharing an embrace courtside at Oracle Arena with former Spartan Branden Dawson and talking with Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, Izzo is approached by numerous media members and celebrities at Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. While Izzo, 61, eventually put on a yellow Warriors T-shirt to support former Spartans star Draymond Green, he wasn't above texting Thunder coach Billy Donovan before the game. Izzo also took time to speak to The Oklahoman: Q: Ever since you won a national championship in 1999, your name always seems to get tossed around for NBA jobs. The same went for Billy Donovan.

  • Thunder Q&A: Steven Adams on his health, Golden State’s rebounding and a 1-1 series

    Thunder Q&A: Steven Adams on his health, Golden...

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

    OAKLAND, Calif. — Thunder center Steven Adams had a rough Game 2, withstanding blows to his back and groin in the Thunder's 118-91 loss on Wednesday. The 7-footer finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in 36 minutes, snapping his streak of four consecutive games with a double-double: Q: How is your health after tonight's game? A: “I feel fine, mate. A couple of bruises but it's OK, mate.” Golden State out-rebounded the Thunder 45-36. What was the cause for the rebounding differential between Games 1 and 2? “They were just the aggressors tonight, man. They came out more aggressive than us, obviously that led to them getting more boards and all that sort of stuff. It could be a lot of things, man.

  • Thunder journal: Kevin Durant’s offense dries up in ugly Thunder third quarter

    Thunder journal: Kevin Durant’s offense dries...

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

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Coming off a scorching 23-point first half, Kevin Durant hoisted his first shot attempt of the third quarter. The fadeaway jumper fell, a textbook Durant stroke. It came halfway through the quarter. The Thunder trailed by double digits. It was far too late on a night when the turnover issues of Durant vs. Warriors past came back in full force in Golden State's 118-91 win. Still, it was Durant's only made shot from the field in the third: a pull-up jumper at 6:22 that was sandwiched in between Stephen Curry's personal 14-point barrage. Durant had only two shot attempts in the entire third quarter in which the Thunder was outscored 31-19. Why? “They were sending three guys and I was trying to

  • Previewing Thunder-Warriors, Western Conference Finals Game 2

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    The Oklahoman’s Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Golden State Warriors, Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

  • OKC Thunder's Game 1 win against Warriors continues trend of composure

    OKC Thunder\'s Game 1 win against Warriors...

    By Erik Horne Staff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Yet, when asked by TNT’s Craig Sager what the second-half difference was in the Thunder’s Game 1 win against Golden State, Westbrook said one word: Composure.

  • NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report says Russell Westbrook traveled in controversial Thunder-Warriors Game 1 sequence

    NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report says...

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. – The NBA Officiating Last Two Minute Report on Thunder-Warriors Game 1 has revealed two incorrect non-calls in the closing minutes of OKC’s 108-102 win. The report, released Tuesday afternoon, states that Thunder guard Russell Westbrook should have been called for a traveling violation with 18.6 seconds left. Oracle Arena was arguably at its loudest when what looked like a Westbrook travel wasn’t called with the Thunder leading 105-102. After an Andre Iguodala basket, Westbrook inbounded on the Thunder baseline and weaved through Warriors defenders toward the scorer’s table.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Breaking down OKC's huge Game 1 win over the Warriors

    Thunder Buddies podcast: Breaking down OKC\'s...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, May 17, 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 -- Warriors-Thunder Game 1 recap (<–Click Here) - The Thunder stomped into Oakland and stunned the Warriors on Monday night. What does the win in Oracle say about this team? How good has Steven Adams become? Is OKC now the favorite? We discuss.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Recapping the Spurs series, previewing the Warriors

    Thunder Buddies Podcast: Recapping the Spurs...

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, May 17, 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 -- Spurs recap, Warriors lookahead (<–Click Here) - The Thunder finished off its thrilling series win over the Spurs on Thursday night. Now they prepare for an intriguing West Finals matchup with the 73-win Warriors. We recap the San Antonio series and look ahead to Golden State.





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