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.


Upcoming skeds bring No. 8 seed showdown

Includes a key home-and-home vs. Pelicans next week

     By the end of next week, we should know considerably more about the Thunder's chances of advancing to the playoffs a sixth straight season. Read more...

Thunder's playoff chances appear to be No. 8 or bust

Top seven seeds in the West continue to pull farther ahead of OKC

     Now that the Thunder is healthy, OKC fans are convinced their team will qualify for this year’s playoffs. Optimists ponder the Thunder possibly getting as high as the No. 7, No. 6 or even No. 5 seed. Read more...

Thunder trade for Brook Lopez doesn't make sense

Why does injury plagued OKC want a player who has missed 156 of his last 271 games?

     The player in question didn’t miss a game his first three seasons in the NBA. Since then, he’s mostly been MIA. (No, not in Miami.) Read more...

OU hires Lincoln Riley as offensive coordinator

Mike Leach protege had five record-setting seasons at East Carolina

     When Bob Stoops was hired as Oklahoma’s football coach 16 seasons ago, he chose innovative assistant Mike Leach as offensive coordinator to help resurrect a dying program. Read more...

Struggling Jackson could cost Waiters a starting spot

Until Jackson returns to form, look for Waiters to supply a boost off the bench

     Though it was a small sample size, Dion Waiters’ willingness to play defense in Friday night’s clutch 99-94 victory over the Utah Jazz could soon earn him a spot in the Thunder’s starting lineup. Read more...

No Waiting: Waiters quick to deliver late-game heroics

Buries a key 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in 99-94 victory over Utah

     The OKC Thunder didn’t have to wait long for shooting guard Dion Waiters to deliver. Read more...

Lose tonight and the Thunder could be done

Remaining January schedule could doom OKC's chances for playoffs

     - If OKC loses tonight at home against the Utah Jazz, the Thunder will have lost three straight games and dropped to 17-20 on the season. Read more...

More bad timing for Reggie Jackson

Trade for Waiters could have Jackson relocating by Feb. 19

Pretty much since Day One, the timing has been all wrong for Thunder guard Reggie Jackson. Read more...

'Sunset' arrives with the return of KD

Durant's 44 points too hot for Phoenix to handle

     As the game between Phoenix and OKC evolved on New Year's Eve, momentum steadily shifted in favor of the visiting Suns. Read more...

Right now, Thunder is unfit to be tied

OKC must improve head-to-head against playoff contenders

     A home game on New Year’s Eve has been a Thunder tradition since Day One. Read more...