Berry Tramel
Sports Columnist and Reporter

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.


  • Can Russell Westbrook average a triple double?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Feb 4, 2016

    Russell Westbrook is playing out of his mind. Three straight triple doubles. The latest threatening a double triple double — Westbrook had 16 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists at halftime Wednesday night against Orlando. His seasonal averages now are 24.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 10.0 assists. And it raises a question. Could Westbrook somehow break into the hallowed ground of Oscar Robertson? Could Westbrook average a triple double in a single season? In this season? Well, he’s averaging a double double already. If Westbrook can average 10 assists a game over the final 31 games, he’s got two of the three covered. So it gets down to rebounds. Westbrook has 390 rebounds this season.

  • Should Dion Waiters start in place of Andre Roberson?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The Thunder got off to a rousing start Monday night against the Wizards. An early 28-13 lead. A 28-17 lead before Billy Donovan substituted. And throughout Loud City, the chorus was heard. Keep Dion Waiters in the starting lineup. Waiters makes a solid starter. A scoring threat. A solid defender. A two-way player, using that phrase that has taken the state by storm. Two-way players have supplanted high oil prices as the most coveted treasures in Oklahoma. But I have a question for all the people who want Waiters to start. Do you ever check the facts? Waiters has started four straight games since Andre Roberson suffered a sprained knee on Jan. 24 against Brooklyn. Waiters has started eight halves.

  • Does Kevin Durant want titles or a legacy?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    The report came Tuesday that the Golden State Warriors could sign Kevin Durant, and it came from the last place you wanted to hear such news. Adrian Wojnarowski of a new website, The Vertical. Wojnarowski is the oracle of NBA news. Sometimes it appears he has confirmation on trades before the teams themselves. So when Wojnarowski says something, it has validity. This isn’t coming from an ESPN morning show. But while such news horrifies Thunder fans, it shouldn’t. Read the fine print. Heck, not even the fine print. Wojnarowski writes clearly. In his first and third paragraphs, he has elephant-sized qualifiers. If Durant leaves the Thunder… in the first graph.

  • Thunder schedule about to get much tougher

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    The Thunder is rolling; 37-13, a .740 winning percentage that ranks fourth in the NBA and is a 61-win pace. With Kevin Durant, the Thunder is 34-9, a 65-win pace. Sixty-five wins is a bunch of wins. But one ominous threat is ahead. The schedule. The Thunder has played the NBA’s easiest schedule. The Thunder has played 28 home games and 22 road games. After the Orlando game Wednesday night, that ratio will be 29/22. Golden State and Cleveland have each played 22 home games. The only teams with more than 25 home games are Houston (27), Brooklyn (27), San Antonio (26) and Memphis (26). You can apply the old NCAA’s RPI — Ratings Percentage Index — to NBA teams.

  • OKC Thunder: Dwight Howard's ejection lets Enes Kanter dominate

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 29, 2016

    The Rockets’ center got himself ejected from the game with 7:05 left in the third quarter, Enes Kanter checked in 76 seconds later and the game changed. Kanter scored 18 points in 14 minutes, the Thunder took command and beat Houston 116-108.

  • Silver lining on a troubling road trip: Thunder bench comes through

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jan 28, 2016

    The Thunder’s wild road trip is over, and despite too many hairy moments for a team this good, you still have to grade it a B. The Thunder went 3-1; 4-0 would have been an A, 2-2 would have been a C, 1-3 a D and 0-4 an F. Our man A.C. Slater wrote about the road trip for the Thursday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Notably about the ridiculously lax defense in the four games. Here’s how absurd the Thunder defense was, against mostly-mediocre offenses: In 16 quarters on the road trip, the Thunder gave up at least 30 points in eight of those 12-minute periods. And when the Thunder didn’t give up 30 points, it was giving up 29 (Knickerbockers, second quarter, and Timberwolves, fourth quarter) and

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's award-winning sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and NFL at 11 a.m. in today's Power Lunch live chat.

  • Would the Thunder have been better off with Brook Lopez?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

      Brook Lopez took apart the Thunder on Sunday night: 31 points, 10 rebounds, in the Brooklyn Nets' 116-106 victory. Made you wonder what might have been. Last February, the Thunder went to the trade deadline dangling Reggie Jackson for a center, with two teams the most likely destination: Utah, for Enes Kanter, and Brooklyn, for Lopez. Of course, the Thunder pulled the trigger on Kanter, and you know the particulars. Kanter, Kyle Singler, D.J. Augustin and Steve Novak came to OKC; Jackson went to Detroit and Kendrick Perkins went to Utah, which quickly cut Perk in a straight salary dump. We don’t know the particulars of the possible Lopez trade, other than Jackson would have been in Brooklyn and

  • Lack of focus the reason Thunder lost in Brooklyn

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jan 25, 2016

    The Thunder’s 116-106 loss at Brooklyn on Sunday night probably wasn’t the Thunder’s worst loss of the season, although it's hard to think of a worse one. OKC was at least missing Steven Adams on Sunday night. But still. This was an absurdly poor performance for a team that had been playing well. “It was a tough loss, but that’s what happens in this league,” Kevin Durant said. “You come on the road and you’re not locked in from the beginning and you lose the game.” The locked-in part was apparent from the start. The Thunder, with just a little bit of defensive rebounding, would have led big early.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan maximizing Enes Kanter's talents

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 23, 2016

    Kanter off the bench has been an absolute success for the Thunder. The $70 million man is a defensive liability, but Donovan has found ways to make it work with Kanter.

  • OKC Thunder: Kyle Singler returns from purgatory in win over Hornets

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    By the end of the Thunder’s 109-95 rout of the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night, the silent treatment had turned to cheers for Singler.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk about OU, OSU and the Thunder at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Was Westbrook's triple double worth the risk of injury

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    With 7:34 left in the game Sunday night, the Thunder had an 86-63 lead on the Heat. And Billy Donovan made a lineup change affecting Russell Westbrook. Which makes perfect sense. A 23-point lead, 7-1/2 minutes left, perfect time to rest Westbrook. Except Westbrook went in, not out, of the Thunder rout. Clearly, Donovan inserted Westbrook for one reason: Westbrook was three rebounds shy of a triple double. He had 13 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds. Triple Double territory for the triple double machine that Westbrook has become. And sure enough, with Westbrook playing some free safety, looking not so much for steals but missed shots, three rebounds came quickly.

  • NBA's Western Conference is down this season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    It’s a strange NBA season. Parity has come to the middle of the NBA, but not to the top. Here’s what I mean. There are as many teams with winning percentages in the .700s as there are teams with winning percentages in the .600s — and that’s even counting Golden State and San Antonio, who are playing well above .800 basketball. This is not typical. This is not the way numbers are supposed to work. Teams should congregate in the middle, then become smaller in grouping as you go up and down from .500. But in the NBA right now, the only teams in the .600s are the 26-14 Clippers (.650) and the 25-15 Raptors (.625). Meanwhile, there are two teams in the .700s — the 28-10 Cavaliers

  • Will Westbrook at 34 be like Dwyane Wade?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 17, 2016

    Dwyane Wade turned 34 Sunday. He doesn't look a day over 38. He knees are sore. His shoulder hurts. His dunks are few and far between. Wade skipped the Heat game Friday night in Denver, trying to heal up. But there Wade was Sunday night, getting serenaded with “Happy Birthday” from the Oklahoma City crowd — “That was cool,” Wade said, “much appreciated.” — and then threatening to send Loud City home unhappy. Wade scored 18 points first-half points, some on trick shots and Houdini moves, and Miami was down just two points. “His game is timeless,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. Maybe so. But time marches on. And in the second half, the younger, quicker, stronger and healthier Thunder dominated.

  • OKC Thunder needs even more out of Westbrook

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 16, 2016

    What’s the old line about if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it? Same with the Thunder. If you want something done, ask the person doing the most.

  • Thunder wins a dunkathon

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    The Thunder in the open court is like the Oklahoma Land Run. Everybody running for bounty as fast as they can.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU, the Thunder and tonight's College Football Playoff championship game at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Does any NBA team miss a player more than the Thunder misses Durant?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    The Thunder lost to Sacramento on Monday night. The Thunder’s first-half defensive collapse and a second-half offensive malaise were the major talking points. Sort of lost in the ridiculousness of the 116-104 loss was that Kevin Durant didn’t play. The Thunder now is 3-4 without Durant. OKC is 21-7 with Durant. So that’s a major difference. And you’d expect a major difference. Lose one of the best players in the world, and your team ought to take a major step back. So I went through the NBA rosters and found notable players who had missed at least five games. How did those teams fare without their impact players? Here are 12 players, ranked by how much their team has missed them: 1.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 6, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU and the Thunder at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.




Berry Tramel Sun, Feb. 07 2016 11:00:03 PM CST Peyton Manning makes like John Elway in quarterbacking Super Bowl victory https://t.co/t3iYajHPYN
Berry Tramel Sun, Feb. 07 2016 11:36:03 AM CST 50 people who will define Super Bowl 50 https://t.co/BfcokL3xkw
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 06:43:31 PM CST Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing https://t.co/JHvdJieHQ0
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 05:37:58 PM CST Can Buddy Hield surpass Wayman Tisdale's records? https://t.co/u7xBdk9pDn
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 05:25:42 PM CST Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings https://t.co/4VmWsZSOVP
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 01:24:02 PM CST Why did OU go so heavy after junior-college transfers? https://t.co/5qQoeInlh1
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:56:58 AM CST Wade Phillips: A reason to cheer for the Broncos https://t.co/36sG9GViDf
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 09:14:33 PM CST Can Russell Westbrook average a triple double? https://t.co/3qUTqkA5tx
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 01:53:33 PM CST OSU basketball can't play without Jawun Evans https://t.co/8t5YoC1pqe
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 09:10:55 AM CST Why did OU have trouble recruiting in Texas? https://t.co/0qkAaoRxmC
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 07:51:38 PM CST Tyler Brown puts Lexington football on the map https://t.co/ggUbYk7z0y
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 01:00:42 PM CST West Virginia emerges as OU's chief Big 12 threat https://t.co/jUqutARMhO
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:03:51 AM CST Does Kevin Durant want titles or a legacy? https://t.co/Z9nG0FnHqA
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 02 2016 11:22:45 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel https://t.co/piIwlWSJ1A
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 02 2016 09:47:42 AM CST Kansas cornerbacks have led Broncos to Super Bowl 50 https://t.co/8YxWCf4cOj
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 05:31:03 PM CST NBA's Western Conference standings are sequestered https://t.co/kHzZ6HEIFM
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 02:08:49 PM CST Did Jeff Hornacek make a mistake not taking the Iowa State job? https://t.co/DoZqjD7FB8
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 10:34:50 AM CST Bruce Pearl played the SEC pride card vs. OSU https://t.co/GMMeSD8jMk
Berry Tramel Sun, Jan. 31 2016 08:30:32 PM CST Could Baker Mayfield transfer and get his fourth season elsewhere? https://t.co/AVry8CSA2E
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 30 2016 06:44:04 PM CST High school basketball: 'Joke' turned Lindy Waters' life upside down https://t.co/sEUiGB9x27

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