Author John Rohde

  • John Rohde

    John Rohde comes to Tyler Media after 26 1/2 years with The Oklahoman, during which he served as a columnist and beat writer. Voted Oklahoma Sportswriter of the Year five times, Rohde has covered OU football and basketball, the Oklahoma City Thunder, OKC/New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, the Final Four, Masters and PGA Tour.


Thunder players show the proper way to tweet

Jeremy Lamb and Cameron Payne leave and arrive with class

     The public is quick to pounce on bad tweets sent by athletes. Sadly, this is because it's difficult to ignore so much evidence. Read more...

Here's my mockery of tonight's NBA Draft

Who knows who's going where? Not me

1. Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, C/PF, Kentucky

One final thank you to Bob Barry Jr.


     The moment he walked up and introduced himself with a smile and a handshake in 1987, Bob Barry Jr. became my favorite local sportscaster. Junior quickly turned and introduced his legendary sportscaster father, Bob Barry Sr., who immediately became my second favorite. Sportscaster Bill Teegins soon arrived from Tulsa and completed my favorite trifecta. Read more...

Look for Fowler to win his first major this weekend

Former OSU great will make sure it's cheese fries for everyone at the U.S. Open

     Located just south of Seattle along Puget Sound, Chambers Bay appears to be a misfit. Read more...

Donovan seeks a loaded staff for his loaded roster

Monty Williams and Mo Cheeks would offset Donovan's lack of NBA experience

     Billy Donovan’s biggest shortcoming as the Thunder’s new coach could soon become one of the franchise’s strengths. Read more...

Would Hoiberg have been a better hire for Thunder?

Crunching the college coaching numbers of Fred Hoiberg and Billy Donovan

          Four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant has one year left on his contract with OKC, while Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka both have two years remaining. Suffice to say, the Thunder is swimming in a sea of urgency, particularly with the firing of coach Scott Brooks. Read more...

Pelicans get the coach Presti should have hired

Imagine offensive guru Alvin Gentry coaching Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook

     When Thunder general manager Sam Presti fired Scott Brooks six days after the 2014-15 regular season, Alvin Gentry stood atop my wishlist to replace Brooks. Read more...

Evidently, Kevin Durant is still hurting

Whatever was in that Rx bottle, it's purpose is to alleviate pain

     On Oct. 16 of last year, four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant underwent surgery to address a Jones fracture in his right foot. At the time, the Thunder’s preseason odds of winning the 2015 NBA title were 7/2, best in the Western Conference. Following surgery, those odds slipped to 8/1. Read more...

Some keen insight into Donovan's transition

Former Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo also made move from college to NBA

     More than anyone, former Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo can relate to the transition that awaits new coach Billy Donovan. Read more...

A little pick-me-up for Thunder fans

OKC fans have lived a pretty good life since Thunder arrived

     Thunder fans have had it pretty good during the franchise’s first seven seasons in OKC. Most people realize and appreciate this, but some can’t seem to shake the depression of their team missing this year’s playoffs. Read more...