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.

  • Daniel Orton to play for D-League Santa Cruz Warriors

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Former Oklahoma City Thunder center and Bishop McGuinness High School star Daniel Orton has found another basketball shot on the west coast. According to Yahoo Sports, Orton will suit up this weekend for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Developmental League. Santa Cruz is an affiliate of the defending champion Golden State Warriors. Ex-NBA center Daniel Orton is expected to be in uniform with D-League Santa Cruz for their opener on Friday vs Bakersfield, sources told Y! — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) November 9, 2015 Orton (6-foot-10, 255 pounds) was drafted 29th overall by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's first Player Tribune piece debuts

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    When Kevin Durant was announced in September as the new deputy publisher of The Players' Tribune, the Derek Jeter startup site said to expect editorial content from Durant in the coming weeks. That content arrived Monday, as The Players' Tribune released a piece penned by Durant entitled "In the Moment," touches on his health ("My foot's good"), his conditioning ("My conditioning will be there, but that takes a little time"), and the future ("trying to say how our team’s going to do — that’s other people’s jobs"). But it mostly dives into Durant's developing love of photography.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams still experiencing soreness in back

    erik horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Steven Adams started and held his own defensively against the Phoenix Suns, but the Thunder center is still battling some back soreness. In 20 minutes against the Suns, Adams had seven points, five rebounds, and five blocks in OKC's 124-103 win Sunday. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Adams will still be monitored leading up to game time against the Wizards on Tuesday. "He was a little sore yesterday. I think that's to be expected, to be somewhat normal," Donovan said Monday. "We'll probably get a better gauge on him tomorrow at shootaround. We feel like we got out of the game where he has not had a setback. (The back) hasn't been a problem for him, him playing the minutes he did yesterday.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's 'skip' against Wizards a fond memory for Kevin Durant

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    Remember the last time the Oklahoma City Thunder played the Washington Wizards? The Jan. 21 win for the Thunder was sealed with a skip. When Russell Westbrook finished off the Wizards last year with a slalom run to the basket and score with 1 second left in a 105-103 overtime win in D.C., the Thunder guard finished the play off with by skipping in front of a dejected Wizards bench. The scene was one of the signature moments of Westbrook's MVP campaign last season and inspired a flurry of Internet memes dedicated to Westbrook. When asked Monday about Westbrook's unforgettable moment, Kevin Durant smiled and went into flashback mode. "It was a fun game," Durant said.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant calls last Wizards, D.C. reception 'disrespectful'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 9, 2015

    It's been an interesting stretch early this season for the Thunder and road buzz/reunions. Billy Donovan was able to get his potentially awkward return to Orlando out of the way early. Now it's Kevin Durant's turn as he will certainly face free agency questions when he returns to his hometown of Washington D.C., on Tuesday to play the Wizards. Yahoo Sports' Michael Lee and USA Today's Sam Amick each wrote about Durant's impending return to D.C. Per Lee's story, at the Jan. 21 game there was even a weather promotion on the Verizon Center video screen which briefly showed a photoshopped image of Durant in a Wizards jersey. On Monday, Durant reiterated his

  • Thunder journal: OKC transition game in full effect against Suns

    By Erik HorneStaff | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Against the Suns, the Thunder had 27 fast-break points, smashing its 14.7 fast-break points per game average coming into Sunday.

  • Thunder Q&A: Earl Watson, former OKC guard, getting NBA coaching start with Suns

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Earl Watson, 32, has wanted to be a coach ever since his days as a guard at UCLA, where he was mentored by the late John Wooden. In June, the Phoenix Suns provided the 13-year NBA veteran with his first coaching opportunity in the league as an assistant on their staff. Watson, who played 68 games at point guard on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s inaugural team in 2008-09, returned to Oklahoma City with the Suns on Sunday and took some time to sit down with The Oklahoman: The Oklahoman: What stood out to you most about the year you spent in Oklahoma City? Watson: “The way Sam Presti built it. They mirror the Spurs a lot. I see it more than ever. He’s building a family, he’s not

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Suns

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    After three straight losses, the Thunder is looking to pick up a win against Phoenix. Follow our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web for up-to-the-minute updates on tonight's matchup.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant and the science behind his shoes

    By Erik Horne Staff | Updated: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    To start the third quarter against the Houston Rockets, Kevin Durant shoots up to the right elbow off a screen to receive a pass. His defender draped all over him, Durant catches the ball just inside the 3-point line, turns toward the basket and makes his move. In the wake of his drive and mid-range runner that hits all net, he leaves something behind: A size 18 KD8. His left shoe flops to rest as Durant makes his way back on defense with his sock scooting across the hardwood. The shoe came off twice in last week's loss to the Rockets. Since last season, any time the words “Durant” and “foot” are used in the same sentence, eyebrows raise immediately, as they did when Durant returned last season and wasn't wearing the

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: What's the Thunder's biggest early-season issue?

    By Anthony Slater, Erik Horne, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel, Staff Writers | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    Four writers from The Oklahoman discuss issues concerning the OKC Thunder.

  • OKC Thunder: Too many fouls, turnovers in loss to Raptors

    By Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    DeMar DeRozan scored 10 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 6 minutes to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-98 on Wednesday night and remain undefeated.

  • Thunder Q&A: Former OKC assistant Rex Kalamian returns with Toronto Raptors

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    With more than 20 years of NBA experience under his belt, Rex Kalamian knows a good team when he see it. He was a major part of the Thunder’s development from 2009-2015, spending six seasons in Oklahoma City, his final two as lead assistant to Scott Brooks. With a new regime in place in Oklahoma City following the firing of Brooks, Kalamian is now in his first season with the Toronto Raptors as an assistant. Kalamian, who’s family still lives in Oklahoma City, took some time to speak with The Oklahoman before the Thunder-Raptors game on Wednesday: The Oklahoman: Is your role with the Raptors similar to what you’ve been doing with the Thunder? Kalamian: “Very

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Raptors

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    The Thunder is looking to bounce back against Toronto on Wednesday night. Follow our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web for up-to-the-minute updates.

  • Power Lunch: chat with Thunder writer Erik Horne

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    Join The Oklahoman's Erik Horne to talk Thunder basketball in the Power Lunch Chat at 11 a.m.

  • OKC Thunder: Previewing Thunder vs. the Toronto Raptors

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Wed, Nov 4, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder's game against the Toronto Raptors.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What have we learned early this season?

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 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 - 11/03 (<–Click Here) -- We're already four games in to this Thunder season. What have we learned so far? What are your thoughts on Billy Donovan's rotation? Who has surprised most? We discuss. Archive Thunder Buddies - 10/26 -- The NBA season is finally upon us! The Thunder tips off on Wednesday

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: Previewing the upcoming NBA season

    Anthony Slater,Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 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 - 10/26 (<–Click Here) -- The NBA season is finally upon us! The Thunder tips off on Wednesday against the Spurs in OKC. In preparation, we do our annual over/under podcast, previewing every Thunder player. Enjoy. Archive Thunder Buddies - 10/22 -- Civilian capologist Jon Hamm joins the show to discuss Kevin

  • Oklahoma City Blue announces training camp roster

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder's NBA Developmental League team, announced its training camp roster for the 2015-16 season. Headlining the roster are 2015 Thunder second-round pick Dakari Johnson, former University of North Carolina shooting guard J.P. Tokoto, and former Oklahoma State forward Michael Cobbins. Also included on the roster are Thunder preseason camp participants Dez Wells and Talib Zanna, summer free agent signee Michael Qualls, and former Oral Roberts guard Warren Niles, who was selected Saturday in the D-League Draft. The Blue opens its season Nov. 14 at the Cox Convention Center against the Austin Spurs.

  • OKC Thunder: The Thunder turnover trend through four games

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    It's been a very small sample size thus far, but the Thunder is on pace for franchise-record assist numbers though four games. It's also on pace for some alarming turnover numbers. The Thunder turnovers have carried over from a preseason in which OKC has had to adjust to the new Billy Donovan offense. "I think that's to be expected from them this early with a lot of newness to them trying to get a rhythm of the offense and what we're doing," Donovan said in preseason. "That'll take some time. I think those are things that work themselves out." Through four games, the Thunder's 1.06 assist-to-turnover ratio is fourth-worst in the NBA despite Oklahoma City averaging 22.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's style profiled for Bloomberg Pursuits

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    Russell Westbrook's style profile continues to expand as the Thunder guard graces the cover of the Holiday issue of Bloomberg Pursuits, Bloomberg's lifestyle and luxury section, which was released online today. Bloomberg Business wrote an impressive profile on Westbrook in which the publication proclaims that Westbrook is "changing how men's fashion works." "Once mocked for his garish outfits and lenseless eyeglasses, the Oklahoma City point guard is designing clothes for Barneys and updating the way Nike markets to men," Bloomberg's Joshua Green writes.