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.

  • Thunder's NBA Draft earns high grades from national media

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder selected two players in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday - Murray State point guard Cameron Payne (No. 14 overall) and Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (No. 48). Chances were slim that the Thunder was going to find a starter at the back end of the lottery (or in the second round), but the team still took the opportunity to add depth at the 1 and even more size in the frontcourt. But how did the Thunder's draft grade out among the national media? Let's take a look. USA Today: A There are 30 teams in the NBA and Scott Gleeson of USA Today awarded the Thunder one of only five "A" grades on draft night, giving Oklahoma City credit for capitalizing

  • Jeremy Lamb thanks Oklahoma City fans, teammates

    erik horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb took to Instagram to say goodbye to Oklahoma City on Thursday. Hours before the NBA Draft, the 23-year-old guard was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round pick. He offered his appreciation to his teammates and the city during his three-year stint with the Thunder. "Thank you Okc For everything yall have taught me!!!," Lamb said. "Great teammates great fans!!! Taught me great habits and how to b a professional!!! That will stick wit me throughout my career!#blessed."

  • Report: Enes Kanter excluded from Turkish national team for 'political views'

    erik horne | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Turkey's 20-man squad for the 2015 European Basketball Championships has been released, and Thunder center Enes Kanter isn't on it. Even after he "repeatedly expressed his readiness to join the national squad in the past few weeks," Kanter was left off coach Ergin Ataman's roster. In a statement, Kanter said "the reason why I was excluded from the national team is my values and political views." reports that Ataman called Kanter twice but could not get in contact with him.'s announcement on the Turkish roster quotes Ataman as failing to "rebuild bridges" with Kanter. From "The only one of the tasks which Ataman had assigned to himself and did not complete was to rebuild bridges with Enes Kanter , so the Oklahoma City Thunder big man is not included on the list. "We are proud of the way Enes represents Turkey in the NBA and when I came to the national team I wanted us to start with a clean slate," Ataman said. "But he avoided giving a definite answer to my calls and approaches, which is why we did not invite him to the national team this year." Kanter is a restricted free agent this summer. Thunder general manager Sam Presti has indicated that he plans to retain the 23-year-old. “We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said in April. Kanter averaged 15.5 points on 51.9 percent shooting and 8.9 rebounds in 75 games last season - 26 of those games coming after he was acquired by the Thunder from the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade.

  • Cameron Payne to Thunder in NBA beat writers mock draft

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    With the NBA Draft approaching (Thursday, 6 p.m. ESPN), beat writers in NBA cities were recruited by The Boston Globe to pick, in real time Tuesday, for the teams they cover. The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry was the acting Thunder general manager for the Globe’s NBA beat writers mock draft, landing Oklahoma City some point guard help in Cameron Payne of Murray State. You can view The Oklahoman's live coverage of the mock draft here, and the Globe's pick-by-pick coverage with brief analysis here. “This might be the exact scenario the Thunder are hoping for,” Mayberry wrote about his Payne pick at No. 14. “OKC’s front office is believed to be high on Payne, and if

  • Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray to star in Sunday Night Football intro

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    They may not be teammates anymore, but Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray apparently can still get along in the same space. The two were part of a photo and video shoot for NBC's Sunday Night Football opening in which Bryant and Murray posed in front of a green screen and took questions from a young reporter in training. Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Mathews and New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham will also be in the into, apparently. Here's Bryant, the former Oklahoma State wide receiver, taking some "hard questions" and in full Dallas Cowboys gear. .@DezBryant enjoying some of the hard hitting questions our reporter in training hits him with #SNF pic.twitter.

  • PHOTOS: Kevin Durant's Nike KD8 shoe unveiled

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    It's become a yearly tradition in the sneaker world: The release of the next KDs. Photos of Kevin Durant's new shoe leaked in May, but Nike officially unveiled the newest version of Durant's signature footwear on Tuesday. Some key details provided by Nike: The KD8 is the most innovative shoe of Durant's career featuring two first-time technologies for Nike Basketball: Flyweave and articulated full-length Zoom Air Inspiration combined with the innovation: the sabertooth-inspired heel counter backstory along with the July 4th and V8 colorway stories The KD8 July 4th colorway is very limited and is available June 27. The lead KD V8 launch colorway is available globally on July 11.

  • Russell Westbrook named one of 'Most Stylish Men Alive' by GQ

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    All that stylin' and profilin' by Russell Westbrook had to pay off eventually. Jokes aside, the Thunder guard has been included in GQ's July issue which highlights the twenty best-dressed men alive. GQ explains: "GQ analyzed the nominees not based on what they wore to events and red carpets, but based on something much real-er. Their street style. The selection process was scientific. Hundreds of candidates considered. Thousands of street photos analyzed. GQ looked for guys who carry themselves with confidence and originality and whose moves we most want to steal.

  • OU quarterback Baker Mayfield sounds off on racial violence following Charleston shooting

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    In the wake of the racially motivated killings of nine black community leaders at a church in Charleston, S.C., this week, there has been an abundance of commentary on and discussion about the tragedy. OU quarterback Baker Mayfield offered his thoughts on racial violence via his Twitter account on Friday afternoon: “You aren’t born hating anybody. You have no opinions when you’re born. Somewhere along the line, racism is taught. That is where the problem lies. The people that are taught to discriminate and hate another race, have most likely never been around people of different culture. Those people have never even given the others a chance because they are too close minded and fixed on

  • Jenks 2016 WR/DB Dillon Stoner commits to Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Oklahoma State football received a commitment Wednesday from Class of 2016 wide receiver/defensive back Dillon Stoner of Jenks. Stoner (6-foot, 180 pounds), who announced his commitment via Twitter, didn’t take long to make his decision, as he announced that he received an offer from the Cowboys on Friday. He is the eighth commitment in OSU's 2016 recruiting class, selecting the Cowboys over offers from Arkansas, Kansas, Texas Tech and Washington State, among others. Stoner is currently one of two in-state commitments for the Cowboys, joining Tulsa Washington running back Justice Hill, who committed in February. Stoner is the second Jenks player in three years to commit to OSU. Safety

  • Thunder guard Anthony Morrow has Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on his 'All-Teammate' team

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Throughout his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder, veteran guard Anthony Morrow has continually been a source of positivity about his Oklahoma City experience, not just to The Oklahoman, but on social media as well (see his encouraging update on Kevin Durant last week? What about his congrats to Russell Westbrook on getting the NBA Live 16 cover?) Morrow returned to his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., as host of his own summer pro-am league (the Anthony Morrow Summer Hoops League) and sat down for an interview with Langston Wertz Jr. of the Charlotte Observer, where the sharpshooter talked about the potential for a showdown with the Golden State Warriors next season in the playoffs, the talents of Kevin Durant

  • Scholar Athlete Awards: OU's Ty Darlington says time for Sooners to cast aside distractions

    By Erik Horne and Jacob UnruhStaff Writers | Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Oklahoma offensive lineman Ty Darlington is not worried about the possible distraction with the return of linebacker Frank Shannon and running back Joe Mixon to the team after one-year suspensions stemming from allegations of violence against women. In fact, he thinks it will drive the Sooners. “I don’t think so,” Darlington said. “I think that now we’re focused, we’re ready to go. If anything, I think that we’re just motivated by everything. All of the potential distractions, I think it’s just time for us to cast them aside and focus in.” Darlington was honored as OU’s recipient of the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award at Tuesday’s 31st annual All Sports

  • Kevin Durant not bothered by LeBron, Stephen Curry attention, says 'next year is a different story'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    For much of last season, it was Kevin Durant raining jumpers on the NBA while being proclaimed as one of the game's two best players. But a 2014-15 season in which Durant missed 55 games due a fracture in his right foot, combined with the fervor around Golden State's Stephen Curry and Cleveland's LeBron James during the NBA Finals, has made the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player a relative afterthought this season. "It used to piss me off but I love it now," Durant told "Just gotta show and prove. I don't deserve to be up there with them this year. Next year is a different story." Durant had surgery on his right foot in March which will keep him out of basketball activities four to six months.

  • Thunder vs. Warriors in 2015-16 is going to be ridiculous

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

  • Carl Albert star, Oklahoma State signee Zangari likely headed pro after draft

    BY JACOB UNRUH, RYAN ABER AND ERIK HORNE   | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    The Oklahoma State signee was selected by the organization Tuesday in the sixth round and No. 172 overall of the MLB Draft as a first baseman, and he said he is bypassing his collegiate opportunity.

  • Russell Westbrook selected as cover man for NBA Live 16

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Russell Westbrook is officially "in the game." The Oklahoma City Thunder guard is the new cover man for the long-running NBA Live video game series. EA Sports released a trailer on Tuesday with Russell Westbrook front and center, showing the 2014-15 NBA scoring champion going through the process of helping create the game. Westbrook's venture into video game poster guy follows on Kevin Durant landing the cover of NBA2K15 last year. Now the Thunder owns all the covers. Check out the NBA Live 16 trailer video above. Blessed to be on the cover of #NBALIVE16! The Brodie is onnnnnnnnn!!! Let’s get it @EASPORTSNBA #RiseTogether #whynot

  • Blake Griffin up for Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports awards

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Blake Griffin couldn't capture any of the individual honors in the NBA this year, but the former OU star isn't out of awards season yet. Griffin is one of the few athletes nominated in two categories at the upcoming Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports 2015 Awards. Beginning June 8, fans van vote in 12 categories on Trophies will be handed out live on Nickelodeon July 16 from Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Griffin is nominated for the "Sickest Moves" and "Biggest Powerhouse" awards.

  • Report: Thunder talks with former Magic coach James Borrego about assistant coach position

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The Thunder assistant coach search has a new name, as former Orlando Magic coach James Borrego has reportedly been in talks with Oklahoma City about filling a spot on Billy Donovan's staff. Borrego took over the Magic as the interim coach following the firing of Jacques Vaughn last season, leading Orlando to a 10-20 record under his watch. The Magic hired Scott Skiles earlier this week as its new head coach. Borrego is from the San Antonio Spurs coaching tree - spending seven seasons working under Gregg Popovich from 2003-10 in roles ranging from assistant video coordinator to assistant coach – and was a part of two NBA championship teams (2005, 2007). He also has experience with Monty Williams, the former New Orleans Pelicans coach who has reportedly agreed to come to the Thunder to become Billy Donovan's lead assistant. Borrego was an assistant under Williams for two seasons in New Orleans, and the two also worked together as assistants in San Antonio, where Thunder general manager Sam Presti was a member of the front office.

  • PHOTOS: Oklahoma State athletics unveils 2015 Fan Shirts

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Oklahoma State’s athletic department revealed the design for its annual fan shirt on Tuesday. The shirt design was decided by an online vote of OSU fans and is available starting Aug. 1 from any Nike retailer that carries OSU apparel. What do you think? Orange or black?

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook are the best No. 35, 0 in NBA history says Mitchell and Ness

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    No. 0 and No. 35 have become synonymous in the NBA for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, respectively. Not convinced? Well, vintage sports apparel company Mitchell and Ness created a list of the best players to wear each number in NBA history – from 00 to 99 – and the Thunder duo is on it. […]

  • Adrian Peterson reports to Vikings camp: 'I'm a part of this football team'

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 2, 2015

    Adrian Peterson will rejoin his teammates at Minnesota Vikings voluntary organized team activities Tuesday morning, according to multiple reports. The former OU running back told ESPN Tuesday morning “I’m returning because I want to. I’m a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches.” “I was planning on coming in this week, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the field. It’s what I love to do,” Peterson said. Peterson did not report last week for the start of OTAs. In a statement released to ESPN , he said he did that not because he was trying to force a trade, but that it was “about securing my future with the Vikings.” In the statement, Peterson called his decision at the time "business, not personal." On the same day last week, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told the media that Peterson had two choices when it came to the 2015 season: Play for the Vikings or not play at all . Peterson's decision to come to OTAs for the first time this offseason comes days after he went on a rant via social media about the non-guaranteed status of NFL contracts. Per the Minnesota Star-Tribune , no changes have been made to the final three years, $44.25 million left on Peterson's non-guaranteed deal through 2017. Peterson is back with the Vikings for the first time since his Sept. 12 indictment for injuring his son while disciplining him with a switch. Peterson missed 15 of 16 games in the 2014 season.