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.


Battered or not, Thunder hasn't been clutch

OKC has failed to come through in big moments this season

     Although the OKC Thunder is to be commended for its fortitude trying to overcome some of the most debilitating circumstances imaginable, the fact of the matter is the Thunder has failed in clutch moments this season – particularly lately. Read more...

This is the best Thunder team to date

Last week's trades give OKC its deepest, most talented roster ever

     With 4½ minutes left in the third quarter Tuesday night at Chesapeake Arena, the Indiana Pacers had crawled to within a point when a rejuvenated OKC Thunder team showed exactly how scary good it can be. Read more...

At long last, Thunder has a center of attention

Enes Kanter is the OKC's first scoring threat at the position

     The OKC Thunder frequently has been the center of attention in the NBA, but the center position itself essentially has been invisible when it comes to scoring. Read more...

There's a new KD? Let's hope not

Outspoken Durant says he's done with political correctness

     Maybe Kevin Durant simply had a long night or a bad morning. Maybe he decided the best way to keep the OKC Thunder focused for the remainder of the season is to take an “us against the world” approach. Heck, maybe his left big toe was throbbing and it actually was the pain talking. Read more...

Westbrook keeps researchers scrambling

Thunder point guard erupts for Player of the Week honor

     Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook was named NBA Player of the Week (Feb. 2-8). A four-time All-Star selection by Western Conference coaches, the 26-year-old Westbrook has now won the award nine times, but never with such impressive numbers. Read more...

And this is why you don't discuss injuries

Thunder, Clippers and Pelicans face potential long-term setbacks

     “Exhibit A” on why people should be careful when discussing injuries came before Friday night’s game against the visiting New Orleans Pelicans. Read more...

The difference 48 hours can make for Thunder

OKC could be within one game of No. 8 playoff spot, or five back

     OKC Thunder seemingly is on life support when it comes to making this year's playoffs, but that status could be upgraded significantly in the next 48 hours. Read more...

Thunder gladly says good-bye to January

If OKC goes 17-4 at home and 7-7 on road, playoffs might still be a possibility

     The OKC Thunder had a long, cold(-shooting) January, which is even more difficult to endure when you play just four of 14 games at home and seven of the last eight on the road. Read more...

Jeff Green's grass just got greener

After getting traded from the Thunder in 2011, look who's smiling now

     On Feb. 24, 2011, Thunder forward Jeff Green was traded to the Boston Celtics along with center Nenad Krstic, cash and a 2012 first-round draft pick who wound up being not-so-fabulous Fab Melo. Read more...

Are Durant and Westbrook legit All-Star picks?

Thunder standouts have played just 21 games together this season

     When it comes to NBA All-Star voting, there’s nothing anyone can do about the starters because they're chosen by fans. Read more...