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.


  • Thunder journal: LaMarcus Aldridge in historic company through two games

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel Staff Writers | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Aldridge through two games is averaging 39.5 points and shooting 75 percent from the field.

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan needs to bag a timeout

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 14 hr ago

    Someone please unbutton the back pocket of his pants and stash a timeout. Two, if possible.

  • Thunder evens series with more physical approach

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO — You're going to remember the last play. The crazy inbounds pass from Dion Waiters that included an elbow to Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green's steal, and Steven Adams' fanatical defense, contesting three potential game-winning opportunities, and the scrum under the basket that ended with the final buzzer and a 98-97 victory Monday night that ranks among the greatest in Thunder history. But Kevin Durant remembers the first play. Danny Green's runner in the lane, which had to be lofted over a challenging Serge Ibaka and bounced off the rim. The Thunder breathed a sigh of relief when that final buzzer sounded and OKC got out of town with a 1-1 tie in the Western Conference semifinals. But the Thunder breathed

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Tue, May 3, 2016

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

  • OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder's 98-97 win over the Spurs

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, May 2, 2016

    The Thunder came out roaring in Game 2 and held on at the end to beat the Spurs 98-97 Monday night and even the Western Conference semifinals series at 1-1. The grades reflect a gritty performance. Adjustments: A. Billy Donovan showed he has a trick or two up his sleeve. Donovan had Andre Roberson guard Kawhi Leonard most of the game, and Roberson's lateral quickness proved effective against Leonard. The Spurs all-star had 14 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Donovan also chose not to double team LaMarcus Aldridge after his scorching first half, which included 22 points and 9-of-11 shooting on a variety of isolations. The Spurs didn't go back to Aldridge a ton in the second half and survived.

  • Time for the Thunder to fear Kawhi Leonard

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    Appropriate fear. It’s a good term. Wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Thunder to adopt it themselves in their quest to beat the Spurs in these Western Conference semifinals, a quest which has gone from uphill to as steep as a lighthouse staircase. Time for the Thunder to appropriately fear Kawhi Leonard.

  • MANU GINÓBILI Q&A: Head sometimes hard to control

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, May 1, 2016

    Ginobili talked Sunday about the Spurs’ blowout victory and Game 2 Monday night.

  • Thunder must play much better, else summer of Durant will get here quickly

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    This much we know. Summer will come earlier than anyone north of Red wanted, if the Thunder doesn’t play better. Much, much better. Much, much, much, much, much, much, much better.

  • OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder's 124-92 loss to the Spurs

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 30, 2016

    SAN ANTONIO — The game was over early. The Spurs led the Thunder 30-10 just 8:18 into the game, 43-20 after one quarter and 73-40 at halftime. San Antonio's 124-92 rout was one of the most demoralizing defeats in Thunder history. And the grades reflect it. PICK-AND-ROLL DEFENSE: F. The Thunder had no answer for LaMarcus Aldridge. Steven Adams opened both halves on Aldridge, then Serge Ibaka quickly moved over. Nick Collison took a turn, too. Nothing worked. Aldridge scored 38 points on 18 of 23 shooting. Ten of his baskets were on midrange shots created by the pick-and-roll. Tony Parker had 12 assists in three quarters. In taking a 43-20 lead after the first quarter, the Spurs got 13 open shots and made 12. FINISHING: D.

  • ALL IN THE FAMILY: Thunder has been the most successful of the many Spurs spinoffs

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

    The Thunder and Spurs meet for a third time in the playoffs. The Western Conference semifinals start Saturday night in San Antonio, and it’s all in the family again.

  • OKC Thunder: Spurs spinoffs

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

    SAN ANTONIO SPINOFFS Replicating success is a hallmark of sports management. And television. In the NBA, other franchises frequently have raided the San Antonio Spurs for executives and coaches to transplant the Spurs' culture, in the same way that TV raided Norman Lear's classic “All in the Family” to establish new comedies. Here we give the Spurs' spinoffs an “All in the Family” counterpart: THUNDER/THE JEFFERSONS Thunder: Clay Bennett, former chairman of the Spurs' board of governors, got his own franchise in the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006. Bennett hired young Sam Presti, the Spurs' assistant general manager, and moved the team to Oklahoma City in 2008, with a civic ownership group similar to San Antonio's.

  • OKC Thunder journal: Kevin Durant gives his scouting report of the Spurs' defense

    By Erik Horne and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    According to basketball-reference.com, the Spurs’ 99.0 defensive rating is the 11th best in the league since 1973. The Spurs held the Thunder to 98.3 ppg in four meetings, 11.9 points below OKC’s season average.

  • NBA superstars like Kevin Durant don't select teams based on coaches

    By Berry Tramel, Columnist, btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Durant clearly likes Brooks and liked playing for him. He also declined to go to the mat for Brooks. No way would the Thunder have fired Brooks last year if Durant had said, “Whoa.” But there’s no reason to think Durant signed off on the firing, either.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Talk about the Thunder, OU and OSU with columnist Berry Tramel in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a.m.

  • Western Conference injuries don't help Thunder — for now

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    The West landscape changed mightily in a 31-hour period in which Curry, Golden State’s historic sharpshooter, went down in Game 4 against Houston and Paul, the Clippers’ gallant quarterback, suffered a broken hand against Portland and his all-star bodyguard, Blake Griffin, suffered a quad muscle injury.

  • Westbrook answers Mark Cuban with superstar performance in closeout victory

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Kevin Durant told the world that Mark Cuban is an idiot. It was wonderfully entertaining and wholly unnecessary, because about 40 minutes earlier, Russell Westbrook showed the world the same thing. Cuban, the maverick Mavericks owner, sat courtside pregame and opined that this Western Conference playoff series has two superstars. One per team. Durant and Dirk Nowitzki. Then Westbrook went out and had 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to lead the Thunder to a 118-104 closeout victory over Dallas, which sends OKC into a West semifinal showdown series with the Spurs. “He's an idiot,” Durant said of Cuban, with no small amount of disgust while fielding a question asked of Westbrook. “Don't listen to him. He's an

  • Is Dirk Nowitzki a road map for Kevin Durant?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 24, 2016

    Nowitzki is more than just the face of the franchise. Nowitzki will be the face of the franchise until he’s long gone from the Earth he well-traveled. He’s Mister Maverick. Nowitzki also is a road map for Kevin Durant.

  • Tramel: Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle looking for fellow advocates to label the Thunder as bullies

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    DALLAS — Rick Carlisle believes the Thunder roster is loaded with bullies. But that's nothing new. The Dallas Mavericks coach has been saying the same thing for years. Heck, no one really disputes it anymore. The Thunder once was America's sweetheart basketball team. Young and fun and great. The Thunder remains great, but some of the young and fun has been replaced by mean and lean. Steven Adams is a charming Kiwi and Serge Ibaka has the rags-to-riches story and Kevin Durant remains an admirable superstar. But now, you want the Thunder on your side of an alley fight. And if you find yourself crossways with the Thunder, your best bet is to scream foul. Which brings us to Carlisle.

  • Thunder's vast talent edge sinks Mavs

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    DALLAS — Dallas' 7-foot superstar went up for a breakaway dunk, and Oklahoma City's 6-foot-4 superstar followed and jumped like he had launched from a trampoline. Russell Westbrook knocked the ball out of Dirk Nowitzki's hands, and that's really all you need to know about Thunder-Mavericks. Not just Game 3. Thunder-Mavericks in general. Right then and there, everyone on both sides of the Red River had figured out the truth. This series was back to being lopsided and destined to stay that way. “Heck of a play,” said the stately Nowitzki, who knows the athletic mismatch his Mavs face. “He came out of nowhere.

  • DANCING WITH THE STARS: Thunder-Mavs goes from series to serious

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2016

    America has been blessed with some great dancing duos. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Russell Westbrook and Cameron Payne. But one man's waltz is another man's dirty dancing. Charlie Villanueva, perhaps citing Ecclesiastes' third chapter, declared there's a time to dance and a time for war, and he considers the Western Conference playoffs the latter. Villanueva stepped between Westbrook and Payne during their pregame ritual Monday night. Stepped between America's newest dancing sensations and into the Thunder's hall of villains, where Patrick Beverley, Metta World Chaos, Matt Barnes and Zach Randolph reside. But nobody puts Westbrook in the




Berry Tramel Wed, May. 04 2016 07:51:03 PM CST Thunder journal: LaMarcus Aldridge in historic company through two games https://t.co/hrnq2NauFE
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 04 2016 05:27:51 PM CST Josh Richardson has become Heat's rookie of the year https://t.co/gMcs6x4GMg
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 04 2016 03:03:50 PM CST San Antonio travelblog: 90 mph on the Pickle Parkway https://t.co/GJiromWz7s
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 04 2016 10:40:32 AM CST LaMarcus Aldridge having historic series against Thunder https://t.co/kJHVUG6V0O
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 08:09:42 PM CST OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan needs to bag a timeout https://t.co/vG9V1Q33rL
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 04:40:19 PM CST Spurs fan: Popovich coached a bad game https://t.co/sCeYmSmrLN
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 02:29:26 PM CST Why the furor? Spurs got what they needed https://t.co/diXYpvlAjB
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 02:29:25 PM CST San Antonio travelblog: A tight deadline and shooting NBA treys https://t.co/JvnNQJh2rh
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 11:31:54 AM CST Thunder evens series with more physical approach https://t.co/deDYz2C4vk
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 10:27:10 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel https://t.co/7z93V64BmE
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 03 2016 02:54:13 AM CST OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder's 98-97 win over the Spurs https://t.co/r34pfnzSWu
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 02 2016 02:44:40 PM CST Eastern Conference semifinals: Go with Toronto & Cleveland https://t.co/6WkRtsqvDF
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 02 2016 02:44:40 PM CST San Antonio travelblog: Trying to interview Gregg Popovich https://t.co/noihFu6gH8
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 01 2016 08:39:18 PM CST Time for the Thunder to fear Kawhi Leonard https://t.co/5FpljjpeBZ
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 01 2016 07:34:13 PM CST MANU GINÓBILI Q&A: Head sometimes hard to control https://t.co/DIs7HGri0M
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 01 2016 02:53:26 PM CST San Antonio travelblog: Good eats at the Josephine Street Bar & Grill https://t.co/GJOR8duWnE
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 01 2016 01:03:43 AM CST Thunder must play much better, else summer of Durant will get here quickly https://t.co/fHM3dTpb3d
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 30 2016 11:57:59 PM CST OKC Thunder: Grading the Thunder's 124-92 loss to the Spurs https://t.co/3y43mTeEhV
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 30 2016 07:21:45 PM CST West semifinals: Spurs & Warriors the pick https://t.co/P7s8KtVGb4
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 30 2016 10:38:14 AM CST San Antonio travelblog: 80 mph speed limit & Uber https://t.co/Y4baujtnRo

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