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: Billy Donovan on his first technical foul: 'I think I was right on that one'

    erik horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    As the season's progressed, Thunder coach Billy Donovan seems to have become more comfortable expressing how he feels about officiating. Donovan didn't think Russell Westbrook deserved his technical fouls and ejection Wednesday night against Dallas, and he disagreed with the call that led to his first technical as an NBA coach in Minnesota. Against Minnesota on Tuesday, Donovan picked up his first tech while arguing what he thought was a foul on Dion Waiters that went missed in the first quarter. “I think I was right on that one,” Donovan said. “I thought Dion’s last one when he went in there he clearly got hit.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on pace to start All-Star game

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    The second-to-last NBA All-Star Game voting returns have Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on track to start the game together for the first time in their careers. The NBA released the latest round of All-Star voting on Thursday, and Durant is second among frontcourt players in the Western Conference in votes with 774,782. Los Angeles Lakers' forward Kobe Bryant leads Western Conference frontcourt players with a league-high 1,533,432 votes. 3rd returns for @NBAAllStar voting. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook look like locks as small-ball West starters: — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) January 14, 2016 Westbrook's 609,901 votes is second to

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant ranked fourth-best small forward ever by ESPN

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    Thunder forward Kevin Durant isn't even close to the end of his sure-to-be Hall of Fame career, but ESPN has him ranked among the greatest small forwards of all-time. In ESPN's All-Time #NBARank released Thursday, Durant was listed as the No. 4 small forward ever, ranking behind only LeBron James, Larry Bird and Julius Irving. According to ESPN, its expert panel of writers, columnists, and statisticians determined the Top 10 players in NBA history at each position based on a ballot of 150 of the greatest players ever. Voting was based on "both peak performance and career value.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Billy Donovan disagree with Westbrook ejection

    By Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    The Thunder rolled to a 108-89 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, but Westbrook had to finish the game from the locker room, as he was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in under five minutes in the second quarter — each as a result of brushes with Mavericks guard J.J. Barea.

  • Thunder Travelblog: A fine tribute to Flip Saunders

    erik horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- I've seen some cool things since I've been in Minneapolis, from the architecture, to the Sky Walk, to the bustle of Hennepin St. It's a beautiful city, an underrated city I want to come back to when it's not "The Revenant" cold outside. Yet, nothing has taken my breath away more -- not even below-freezing temperatures -- than what I saw on Tuesday before team shootaround. The Timberwolves' practice courts are housed in the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, a state-of-the-art facility that just opened last summer according to T-Wolves PR ace Alex King.

  • Thunder journal: Durant says Thunder ‘not good enough yet’ to turn it on like Warriors, Spurs

    By Erik HorneStaff | Updated: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    Durant also said OKC's defense "can guard anybody when we put our minds to it."

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant's long-range tear helps OKC hold off Timberwolves in 4th quarter

    By Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS — Two nights after the Thunder were burned by long-distance shooting in Portland, Kevin Durant decided to reenact that fourth-quarter show. Many Minnesota Timberwolves fans had already made their way to the exits of the Target Center on Tuesday night. They missed a comeback by their home team. They also missed Durant taking over in the fourth quarter. “I missed some shots,” Durant said. “I've gotta get it going in the first three quarters.” Two minutes and 34 seconds in the fourth quarter was enough, however. In that closing stretch, Durant scored the Thunder's last 12 points, finishing with a game-high 30 to hold off the Timberwolves 101-96.

  • Former Thunder guard Kevin Martin on year in OKC: 'We felt like that was the time'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin said the season he spent playing in Oklahoma City felt like an NBA championship was coming. In Martin’s lone season with the Thunder in 2012-13, he averaged 14.0 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range. The Thunder finished with the best record in the Western Conference (60-22), only to fall to the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semifinals following Russell Westbrook’s season-ending knee injury in the first round against the Houston Rockets. In the two full seasons since, the Thunder has battled through injuries to Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Zach LaVine talk about OKC Foot Locker commercial

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Filmed in Oklahoma City last summer, Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine shared TV time in a Foot Locker commercial to promote the Nike KD8 shoe. The 1-minute spot, titled "Eruption," featured LaVine and Durant courtside at a pickup basketball game. As a player skied for a crowd-pleasing dunk, Durant and the onlookers around him stood up and went nuts, but Lavine -- the 2015 Slam Dunk Champion -- sat unimpressed on the sidelines, reading a book entitled "The Funk on Dunk." LaVine and Durant filmed their parts in sections, so the two didn't spend much time together aside from a brief conversation.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Timberwolves

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    The Thunder is in Minnesota tonight to take on the Timberwolves. Follow live updates of tonight's matchup from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Kevin Durant: Thunder ‘not good enough yet’ to turn it on like Golden State, San Antonio

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Coming off road games in which the Thunder survived the Los Angeles Lakers and lost to the Portland Trail Blazers via a barrage of 3-pointers, Thunder forward Kevin Durant said the team isn't good enough to “turn it on and off," particularly on defense. “We’re not good (enough) yet to do that,” Durant said, sitting courtside Tuesday morning at the Target Center after shootaround. “San Antonio, Golden State, they can do that; they can coast then turn it on in the fourth quarter and win the game. We can’t do it. So, we’ve gotta be on from the beginning of the game. “We’re not that good yet to do that.

  • OKC Thunder: Thunder defense familiar with career-best performances from All-Stars, non-All-Stars alike

    By Erik HorneStaff | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    The film of the Thunder’s struggles consistently defending the perimeter goes back farther than just this season.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder at Blazers

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

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

  • Previewing the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Portland Trail Blazers

    By Erik HorneStaff Writer | Published: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    The Oklahoman's Erik Horne previews the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. When: 8 p.m. Sunday Where: Moda Center, Portland, Ore. TV: Fox Sports Oklahoma (Cox 37/HD 722; Dish 416; DirecTV 676-5; U-verse 751/1751) Radio: WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM Three things to know -No player on the Portland Trail Blazers averages a block a game. The Thunder has three players averaging 1.2 blocks per game or more (Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant, Steven Adams). -Portland has lost three consecutive home games (Memphis, L.A. Clippers, Golden State) by an average of 14.7 points per game.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook's cape (not poncho) draws teammate barbs, social media buzz

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    Russell Westbrook has a reputation for making bold statements with his fashion, but even his Wednesday night outfit sent several of his teammates into hysterics. Westbrook donned a blue hat with a wooden brim plus a white designer poncho with brown and black stripes. ESPN cameras caught him on the way into Chesapeake Energy Arena and that was enough to get social media buzzing throughout the Thunder's 112-94 win against Memphis. Russell Westbrook arrives to the arena in style. — NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 7, 2016 Westbrook had 20 points, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in the win.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook among NBA All-Star leaders in second returns

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    The second returns for NBA All-Star voting were released on Thursday, and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are second in votes among frontcourt and backcourt players, respectively, in the Western Conference. Only Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant -- who has a league-high 1,262,118 votes -- ranks ahead of Durant's 616,096 votes among the West's frontcourt-eligible players, while Golden State's Stephen Curry (925,789) is the top vote-getter among Western Conference guards to Westbrook's 479,512. Bryant has made 17 All-Star games as a guard, but is being designated as a frontcourt player as he's played a majority of his games for the Lakers this season as a small forward.

  • Lakers' GM says season is about Kobe Bryant, not youth development

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    What was clear is now confirmed: This Lakers season is devoted to Kobe Bryant. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak told this week that the franchise is eschewing the development of its young players in order to give a “justified farewell” to Bryant, who is playing the final season of his 20-year NBA career. “Under normal circumstances [in a season like this], at some point, you would probably concentrate on just developing all your young players," Kupchak said. "But we can't do that right now.” Bryant is leading the Lakers in scoring (17.2 points) and is tied for the team lead in assists (3.

  • OKC Thunder: Dion Waiters breaks out of slump in dominant win over Grizzlies

    By Erik HorneStaff | Published: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    Entering Wednesday, Waiters had played exactly 82 games in a Thunder uniform, a year removed from Oklahoma City acquiring him from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

  • Former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton surprises Tony Allen at Grizzlies shootaround

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    The Memphis Grizzlies had a surprise onlooker at shootaround on Wednesday. Former Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton made the trip down from Tulsa with his son, Stephen Sutton, and grandson, Stephen Jr., to visit with Memphis guard Tony Allen. Sutton was able to spend about 15 minutes with Allen, who played two seasons for Sutton in Stillwater, leading OSU to the Final Four in 2004. Seated in a wheelchair with his grandson standing behind him, Sutton remarked on how great a player Allen was for him at Oklahoma State. Before Allen hugged Sutton and left for the team bus, the legendary coach took some time to pose for photos with Memphis guard Mike Conley and members of the Grizzlies staff.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

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