• Oakland travelblog: Working on little sleep

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 1 hr ago

    I tell people often, I’ve got the best job in the state. Working and talking about sports? In a great market? In my hometown? Working with great people? It’s the job of dreams. But sometimes it can be taxing. This time of year, you can get worn out. I landed at Oakland’s airport at 11:45 p.m....

  • Steve Kerr says Warriors' psyche isn't damaged

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 18 hr ago

    Warriors coach Steve Kerr chatted with the media in Oakland on Wednesday. Here’s part of what he had to say, with my comments following: Kerr, on the series: “It's just kind of a reality, sense of reality staring us in the face. We're down 3-1, obviously. So we've got to win tomorrow. Momentum...

  • Thunder's buy-in to Billy Donovan is paying off

    Thunder\'s buy-in to Billy Donovan is paying off By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Donovan, a hugely successful college coach at Florida but whose NBA experience was comprised of 44 games as a Knickerbocker backup point guard almost 30 years ago, has earned the trust of his troops.

  • Warriors will have to make history to rally vs. Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 21 hr ago

    The Warriors trail the Thunder 3-1 in the Western Conference finals. Which puts Golden State, an historic team, on the wrong side of history. In NBA annals, 232 times has a team trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Only nine times has a team rallied to win the series from a 3-1 deficit. Here...

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder done this to the Warriors?

    Thunder Buddies podcast: How have the Thunder... Anthony Slater,Berry Tramel | Updated: 21 hr ago

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio's highly-acclaimed comedy 'Ted', but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of the Thunder. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your...

  • Thunder scoring best of both worlds vs. Warriors

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 23 hr ago

    The Thunder scoring historically has fallen into two general categories: * Games in which Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both have monster games, with a massive falloff to the next player, quickly into single digits. * Games in which either Durant or Westbrook has a monster game, with...

  • Thunder blowouts have Warriors frustrated

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    When these NBA playoffs started, the Thunder had played 73 post-season games since hanging out a shingle in Oklahoma City. The Thunder had won four of those games by more than 20 points. Now OKC has won four more games by more than 20 points, including stunning back-to-back blowouts of the...

  • Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond Green

    Thunder exacts the ultimate revenge on Draymond... By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    Draymond Green drove in for a meaningless layup, a chance to pad a starving stat line in the final minutes of another Thunder blowout, and Kevin Durant jumped up for a ferocious block. While the rest of the ballplayers scampered downcourt, Durant turned and dramatically pumped his fist into...



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Berry Tramel


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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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