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  • Why Philadelphia 76ers GM and Marlow native Sam Hinkie is losing big by design

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Sam Hinkie, the pride of Marlow, always has been a winner in the truest sense of the word. Leader supreme. Overachiever. Prodigy, in many ways. But now the Philadelphia 76ers general manager is making news for losing. And it’s completely by design.

  • Markel Brown: Look who's starting in Brooklyn

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Marcus Smart is starting for the Boston Celtics. That’s not particularly surprising. Markel Brown is starting for the Brooklyn Nets. Who saw that coming? OSU’s backcourt from last season has advanced to the NBA, and Smart, a lottery pick, is having a solid rookie season. But Brown, drafted 44th...

  • Another epic collapse for OU basketball

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    A lead of more than 20 points on the Big 12 road. In the second half. A classic example of over exuberance. Wilting down the stretch. Flying home with a debilitating defeat. Tell me where you’ve seen this before. OU lost 77-70 at Iowa State on Monday night in what served for the Sooners as […]

  • Watch out Spurs, here comes the Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    Not so very long ago, the Suns and the Pelicans were in the Thunder’s line of sight. Not anymore. The Thunder is two games ahead of New Orleans and 21/2 games ahead of Phoenix for eighth place in the Western Conference. Now OKC is solidly in eighth and only two games behind the Spurs for […]

  • Daniel Orton: Fired for telling the truth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 12 hr ago

    I occasionally get asked about writing a book. My answer is pat — when I find time to read a book, I’ll start finding time to write a book. But that’s for cheap laughs. The truth is, I’d be interested in writing a book, but I want a fresh topic. I mean, I could write […]

  • Thunder starting lineup in a constant state of flux

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    D.J. Augustin started for the Thunder on Sunday against the Lakers. So did Kyle Singler. Enes Kanter, too, making 60 percent of the Thunder lineup guys who had been with the team just 10 days. Crazy. For the Monday Oklahoman, I wrote about the Thunder’s myriad injury problems. You can read that...

  • OU basketball in great shape for Omaha

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    OU has set up itself for quite a final week of college basketball’s regular season. OSU has set up itself for some concern. The Sooners survived TCU on Saturday and remain in the hunt for a Big 12 championship. But the Cowboys didn’t survive Texas Tech, losing at Lubbock to run their losing...

  • Readers weigh in on Kansas State's court-rushing

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Last Friday, I wrote about fan behavior and Kansas State’s infamous court-rushing by students after a victory over Kansas. You can read the column here and a subsequent blog here. But I received some interesting emails from readers with various points of views. I thought I would share them. Tom,...


Berry Tramel


Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.

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