Erik Horne
Digital News Online Sports Editor

Erik 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: Scott Brooks didn't get a single vote for NBA Coach of the Year

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The NBA announced Tuesday that Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was named the Coach of the Year, and deservedly so. In only his second season in Atlanta, Budenholzer led the Hawks to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, finishing with a 60-22 record and one of the best year-to-year turnarounds in recent NBA […]

  • OU softball: Lauren Chamberlain ties NCAA home run record

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    OU senior first baseman Lauren Chamberlain tied the NCAA career home run record with a two-run home run against Baylor on Saturday. With the Sooners leading 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Chamberlain hit a blast to center field for her 18th home run of the season and 90th of her career, tying […]

  • NBA Playoffs picks: The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team makes its predictions for every round

    Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    NBA PLAYOFFS — The San Antonio Spurs are the overwhelming consensus pick for the NBA championship by The Oklahoman’s Thunder coverage.

  • Shawn Kemp had a party in Seattle because the Thunder missed the playoffs

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    While the state of Oklahoma and plenty of people nationwide unhappy about the Oklahoma City Thunder missing the playoffs (raise your hand if you wanted to see more of Russell Westbrook), Seattle has apparently been in a state of rejoice. Former Seattle SuperSonics star Shawn Kemp co-hosted a party at Seattle live music venue Neumos […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant answered your questions on Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Feel like answering a couple questions. Hit me up. — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) April 15, 2015 “S— happens.” That’s how Kevin Durant responded to a Twitter follower who asked him “dropped out of usa to prevent injury for current season, got injured anyway, thoughts?” Durant hasn’t been shy this season about voicing his opinion on […]

  • WATCH: Skyline Elementary students cast their MVP vote for Russell Westbrook on ESPN

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

      As you would guess, Russell Westbrook is very popular among kids in Oklahoma. But in case you needed confirmation as to who the real 2014-15 MVP is, check out this video below from ESPN. Oklahoma State football defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer helped pull off something pretty cool. Spencer is married to ESPN personality Jeannine […]

  • How the Pelicans trumping the Thunder could count as long-awaited revenge

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Once upon a time, Oklahoma City was a football town. Then Hurricane Katrina happened. In dropped the displaced New Orleans Hornets, who were embraced in Oklahoma City. And by the time the Hornets’ two-season stay was over, a city and region synonymous with football had a taste of the NBA it wouldn’t relinquish. The Hornets […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Spring Game rosters released

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Here are the rosters for the Oklahoma State spring game, set for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Five players — Defensive back Bryant Reber, fullback Britton Abbott, and tight ends Blake Jarwin, Jordan Frazier and Zac Veach — will wear black jerseys and will be eligible to play for both […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: OKC retains its first round pick for this June's NBA Draft

    By Anthony Slater and Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Back in January, as part of the Dion Waiters trade, the Thunder traded its first round pick for the upcoming draft. But it was top-18 protected. And after a recent Wizards win helped them clinch a better record than the Thunder, OKC is guaranteed to have no worse than the 18th pick. So the Thunder will keep it for this season and its traded first rounder, now in the hands of Philadelphia, will be top-15 protected next season. If OKC makes the playoffs, it’ll have the 18th pick. If the Thunder miss the postseason, it’ll have the 14th, with an outside shot to jump higher in the lottery.

  • Gary Payton likes Russell Westbrook for MVP

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Kobe Bryant vouched for Russell Westbrook on Monday afternoon. The Glove followed suit. Former Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton told Slam.com that Westbrook is his pick for NBA Most Valuable Player. “If I would have to pick right now: What Westbrook has done is amazing, what he did with the triple-doubles. I don’t like that […]

  • Why the NBA rescinded Russell Westbrook's technical foul

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    With the Thunder season on life support, the NBA revived Oklahoma City’s playoff chances by overturning Russell Westbrook’s technical foul call from Sunday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers, thus keeping Westbrook eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. So why did the league change its mind? Basically, NBA President of Basketball […]

  • Kobe Bryant defends Russell Westbrook's shot selection on Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    A future Hall of Famer is sticking up for Russell Westbrook. After a 116-104 loss to the Pacers on Sunday in which he took 43 shots, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was asked about the criticism of what may be perceived as taking too many shots. Some are convinced that Westbrook was gunning for the scoring […]

  • Dave Bliss: Reaction to the disgraced ex-Baylor coach's hiring at Southwestern Christian University

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    Dave Bliss is making a return to college basketball after 12 years. The former OU, SMU, New Mexico and Baylor coach has resurfaced at NAIA Southwestern Christian University as its new men’s basketball coach (you can read Berry Tramel’s breaking news story here and his column where he speaks to Bliss and Southwestern Christian officials […]

  • Kevin Durant tells Bill Simmons to let the James Harden trade go

    Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Leading up to Sunday’s Thunder-Rockets game, Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry wrote about why the James Harden trade to Houston won’t go away (you can read that article here). The article prompted a mini-Twitter rant from ESPN’s Bill Simmons, who has long voiced his displeasure about the Thunder dealing Harden. His rant drew a brief response […]

  • James Harden for MVP? Rockets making full-court press with video book

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Last year, the Houston Rockets went above and beyond with Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year campaigns for James Harden and Dwight Howard, respectively. The Rockets sent out elaborate promotional packages to the awards voters, touting their premier players. Well, the Rockets took it to another level this season. While Howard won’t […]

  • GALLERY: Thunder on the cover of Sports Illustrated

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder scored some national publicity, as Russell Westbrook is the focus of Sports Illustrated's April 6 cover story by Lee Jenkins. It's not the first time the Thunder has been featured on the front of SI. Check out the gallery below to see each the Thunder's cover appearances.

  • Justin Blackmon dropped on Tampa Bay's draft board in 2012 because of bar activity says former Bucs GM

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Domink said the team didn’t draft former Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon in 2012 because Blackmon was too much a part of the Stillwater bar scene. Dominik, who currently works as an an NFL insider for ESPN, was a guest on The Herd with Colin Cowherd radio show […]

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's on the cover of Sports Illustrated

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is on the national cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated, along with the headline “The athleticism of LeBron + The drive of Kobe.” SI’s Lee Jenkins wrote a feature story on Westbrook for the magazine’s April 6 edition. SI.com teases the story as a look at Westbrook’s rise from high school […]

  • Kevin Durant on Instagram: Surgery and recovery 'just a small obstacle when I look at the big picture'

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant had season-ending bone graft surgery on Tuesday in New York City — the third procedure on his right foot in less than six months. Following his surgery, Durant posted a photo of himself in a hospital bed and message on Instagram. Not what I envisioned coming into this season. But I’m […]

  • Larry Bird hopes Russell Westbrook 'wins 10 MVPs in a row'

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Kevin Love likes Russell Westbrook for MVP over his own Cleveland Cavaliers teammate. LeBron James is OK with that opinion. Well, Westbrook may have just received the ultimate endorsement from Hall of Famer Larry Bird. The Indiana Pacers president told ESPN.com in an extensive interview that he hopes Westbrook “wins 10 MVPs in a row.”(You […]




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