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  • Blake Griffin playing the best basketball of his career

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Blake Griffin made first-team all-NBA last season and finished third in the MVP voting. This season, Griffin got a solitary fourth-place vote for MVP and won’t make first-team all-NBA. But he’s playing the best basketball of his career. And we’ve seen Griffin, Oklahoma City born and bred, play a...

  • Finally, a little parity comes to the NBA

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 18 hr ago

    The Spurs are out of the NBA playoffs. The Heat, like the Thunder, didn’t even get in. The Mavericks were ushered out by the Rockets. The Lakers were lounging in lottery land since, oh, December. The Pistons didn’t reach the postseason, either. The Celtics made it, but didn’t last long against...

  • How the NFL Draft helps boost Mason Rudolph's stock even more

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    On Jan. 2, Mason Rudolph made his third college start at quarterback. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as Oklahoma State beat Washington 30-22 in the Cactus Bowl. Four months later, three starters for that Washington defense went among the top 44...

  • A Florida alum hails Billy Donovan's commitment to community

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Billy Donovan obviously has engendered a lot of goodwill around Gainesville, Fla., where he’s spent the last 19 seasons as the Florida basketball coach. Florida fans seem to be lamenting the loss of Donovan the man more than Donovan the coach. Over the weekend, I received an email from Terry F....

  • Gregg Popovich wants NBA playoff procedure changed

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Spurs-Clippers first-round series, which seemed more like a Western Conference final, prompted both coaches to bash the NBA’s playoff procedures. And to the credit of Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers, both made the declaration before their Game 7 death match Saturday night. Popovich on Saturday,...

  • Billy Donovan’s Thunder Road was paved with an unanswered prayer, a promise to Pitino, and one crazy cover idea

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Son of a Boston College star. Hero of a Final Four run and still a magical name at Providence University. Coaching icon at an SEC school other than Kentucky. Now Kevin Durant’s and Russell Westbrook’s NBA coach.

  • Billy Donovan: Why this is different than other college-to-NBA jobs

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    The Thunder hired Donovan on Thursday to coach a loaded roster that has had repeated playoff success and seems poised for a run at the 2016 NBA championship, provided superstar Kevin Durant returns healthy from a foot injury.

  • Billy Donovan: How have college coaches fared in the NBA?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 2, 2015

    The Thunder hired Billy Donovan on Thursday, and Billy D. has been awfully impressive so far. But the only hangup is Donovan’s lack of NBA experience. He played 44 games for the New York Knickerbockers 27 years ago and has been a college coach ever since. The Oklahoman’s research found 32 NBA...


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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