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: Kevin Durant says he deserves return to the NBA's elite after injury comeback

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    DALLAS - Kevin Durant says he fully deserves to be back among the NBA's elite. On Thursday when the All-Star Game starters were announced, Inside the NBA's Charles Barkley said "Kobe (Bryant) should start because he’s ‘Kobe,’ but there should be only three guys that are no-brainers – that’s Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green...Draymond Green should be starting in the All-Star Game, plain and simple.” San Antonio's Leonard jumped Golden State's Green for the final starting spot in the Western Conference frontcourt with Durant and Bryant. Durant received 980,787 votes, second among Western Conference frontcourt players behind Bryant, the overall vote leader.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook lobbies for teammates to make All-Star Weekend

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jan 22, 2016

    DALLAS – Russell Westbrook took a deep breath and rubbed his brow before explaining what being voted an All-Star Game starter meant to him. “It’s crazy, man,” Westbrook said Friday after Thunder shootaround. “Honestly, it’s a true blessing to see that fans and people all across the world voted for me to be a starter. It’s something I definitely don’t take for granted.” Following shootaround, Westbrook wasn’t just talking about himself being in Toronto for the Feb. 14 game. He was lobbying for more Thunder players at All-Star Weekend, including rookie Cameron Payne in the Rising Stars Challenge, Anthony Morrow in the 3-Point Contest, and Enes

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbook's rise affirmed in NBA All-Star Game starting nod

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    The final votes are in for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, and Westbrook and Durant will start together for the first time — the only pair of teammates starting together in this season’s game. Durant’s no stranger to starting the midseason showcase, but Westbrook’s nod from the fans is a first — affirmation that the point guard has become one of the NBA’s most popular figures.

  • NBA All-Star Game: Thunder's Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook voted Western Conference starters

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    It’s official: The Oklahoma City Thunder will have two NBA All-Star Game starters for the first time in franchise history. The NBA released its final All-Star Game voting results Thursday, and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will each start for the Western Conference in the Feb. 18 game at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Despite winning the All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award last season, Westbrook will make his first start in the contest in his fifth selection overall. Durant will start for the fifth time in seven selections. The West backcourt will start Westbrook and Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who received the second-most votes overall behind Los

  • Thunder travelblog Denver: Westbrook vs. Nuggets, underrated pizza and the Rocky Mountains

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 21, 2016

    Denver is a beautiful city, far too pretty to be taken in during a one-day trip. I was fortunate enough to be on the same flight as colleague Mike Collison, who works on the business side of The Oklahoman Publishing Company. We landed in Denver at 7:45 a.m. Mountain Time and Mike was smart enough to suggest we take a cab together. He was staying downtown and I was on the outskirts of the downtown area, so I was dropped off first. And we saved our company some money! Thunder vs. Nuggets was a full day. Here’s most of what happened for me away from the court. PEPSI CENTER Denver reminds me of Dallas. Seriously.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Kevin Durant compares dunking Russell Westbrook to dodgeball

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Ever heard a dunk compared to a game of dodgeball? That's how Kevin Durant feels about Russell Westbrook's ferocious slams. He also fears for his teammate's safety at times. "It's kinda like when you play dodgeball and hit someone in the face. You throw the ball so hard at someone's face and it's like...Boom,” said Durant when asked about Westbrook's dunks. “Sometimes I get a little nervous that he's gonna hurt his wrist at some point because he's throwing the ball in the rim so hard.” Westbrook only had one dunk Wednesday in a 109-95 win over the Charlotte Hornets, but could have had more. Westbrook lost the ball attempting to cock back for a dunk in the second quarter, and caught two lobs for Durant, one for a

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Hornets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Follow live updates of tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook rise among NBA's most popular jerseys

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    On Wednesday, released a list of its most popular jerseys and team merchandise, and the Thunder is represented throughout. Thunder forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook were among the highest risers in jersey sales on from Oct.-Dec. 2015. Durant and Westbrook each jumped six spots to No. 5 and 7, respectively, since the NBA's June report. The Thunder ranks seventh in team merchandise sales, rising one spot since June.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder groups together to scratch out road win against Denver Nuggets

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    A 110-104 Thunder win over the Nuggets on Tuesday was anything but a handout.

  • Thunder journal: Thunder duo among dirtiest NBA players in anonymous survey

    By Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Thunder center Steven Adams and power forward Serge Ibaka both ranked in the top five, according to an anonymous survey conducted by The Los Angeles Times.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan gets welcome from Rocky Mountain Gator Club at Nuggets game

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    DENVER – Seen at Thunder vs. Nuggets in pregame: A whole lot of orange and blue. As some Thunder players warmed up, behind the basket there were two rows of Coloradans doing the “Gator Chomp” and posing for photos with an enlarged Billy Donovan head. They’d give up those cushy seats once the game started, but they were down courtside to see the former University of Florida coach. At least 50 members of the Rocky Mountain Gators Club attended Tuesday’s Thunder-Nuggets game at the Pepsi Center in support of Donovan, who won two national championships in Gainesville, Fla., along with Thunder assistant Anthony Grant.

  • Thunder celebrating Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday against Charlotte

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    The Thunder will celebrate Military Appreciation Night on Wednesday against Charlotte (7 p.m. tip off) at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Military personnel and their family members will be in attendance thanks to Thunder season ticket holders who have donated their tickets for the night. More than 100 children of military personnel will also attend the game through player-donated tickets as part of the Thunder’s Tickets for Kids program. Other events and promotions include: -#Thundersalute, in which fans can submit photos  with the hashtag #ThunderSalute via Twitter or Instagram of themselves or loved ones who are current or former military. The photos will be displayed in the arena

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Nuggets

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    The Thunder is in Denver tonight looking for its fourth straight win. Follow live coverage of tonight's game from Thunder writer Erik Horne and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook to appear on 'The Late Show with Steven Colbert'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Russell Westbrook is hitting the late-night talk show circuit again. The Thunder guard will be a guest on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Jan. 25. The appearance is sandwiched in between two Thunder games in New York City against the Brooklyn Nets (Jan. 24) and the New York Knicks (Jan. 26). Westbrook is one of three guests scheduled for the show, including former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and musical guests Anderson.Paak and the Free Nationals. Westbrook's last late-night show appearance came in September, when he talked about some of his favorite pregame rituals on "Jimmie Kimmel Live.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook provided Nuggets a blueprint for Emmanuel Mudiay

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    DENVER – Nuggets coach Mike Malone said when it comes to his 19-year-old rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, he and the team has looked to the Thunder and its development of Russell Westbrook for inspiration. Like Westbrook as a rookie, Mudiay hasn’t shot the ball well and has turned it over at a high rate. Mudiay is only shooting 31.5 percent from the field and averaging a league-high 4.8 turnovers per 36 minutes. The then-20-year-old Westbrook shot 39.8 percent and 3.7 turnovers per 36 minutes in his first season. Malone’s OK with Mudiay learning through experience, just as Westbrook did.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder-Knicks picked up for national broadcast

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    The Thunder’s Jan. 26 game against the New York Knicks in New York City will now be televised nationally on NBA TV. The 6:30 p.m. game will be the first in an NBA TV Tuesday night doubleheader, with Dallas at L.A. Lakers to follow at 9:30. The Thunder-Knicks matchup replaces Washington-Toronto on the NBA TV schedule. The game will be blacked out on NBA TV to Oklahoma City area viewers.

  • OKC Thunder: With healthiest team in NBA, Billy Donovan not thinking of resting players

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    DENVER – After last year’s injury-plagued season, the Thunder is the healthiest team in the league. OKC has the fewest games lost to injury in the league as of Jan. 15, while Tuesday’s opponent – the Denver Nuggets – has lost 125 games to injury or illness according to, the third-most in the NBA. The Thunder has lost only eight games to injury this season. Thunder coach Billy Donovan says all players are available against the Nuggets, who have point guard Jameer Nelson (wrist) and forward Jusef Nurkic (knee) listed as game-time decisions, per head coach Mike Malone.

  • OKC Thunder: Andre Roberson jolting Thunder on both ends during latest winning streak

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    With the Thunder ahead by just five points on Miami in the third quarter Sunday, Thunder coach Billy Donovan screamed for a timeout. What followed was the beginning of a blowout. Donovan said the timeout was “more to regroup those guys.” Coming out of the stoppage, the calming bucket wasn't a Kevin Durant pull-up jumper or a Russell Westbrook drive, however, but a bucket from Andre Roberson. During its latest three-game winning streak, the Thunder's offense and defense has received a jolt from Roberson's two-way play. “He opened it up really when he caught that lob and got that fast-break dunk,” Durant said. “That was kinda what started it for us.

  • Thunder journal: Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh comment on this version of the Thunder

    By Anthony Slater, Erik Horne and Darnell Mayberry   | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    The Heat's Wade, Bosh and coach Erik Spoelstra still have a good perspective on the Thunder. They were three of the four main faces for the only team to conquer OKC’s young core back in the 2012 playoffs.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How encouraging was the Thunder's undefeated home stand?

    Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel,Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 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 -- 01/18 (<–Click Here) - The Thunder just completed an undefeated homestand. What encouraged us most about the three blowouts? How good can Cam Payne become? Did Dion Waiters turn a corner? Berry Tramel joins us to discuss. Archive Thunder Buddies -- 01/14 - We're 40 games into this Thunder season, basically