Berry Tramel
Sports Columnist

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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Here's one more thing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's injuries have taken from the Thunder

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Thunder has no true measure of its position to win an NBA championship. Russell Westbrook’s knee injury two years ago and Kevin Durant’s foot injury this season have robbed the Thunder not only of championship hopes in the playoffs of 2013 and 2015, but the gauge to know how near or far is a championship parade on the Bricktown Canal.

  • Tramel: Thunder has struggled against good teams

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The Thunder lost to the Spurs 130-91 Wednesday night. The score is surprising and more than a little embarrassing. The result is not the least bit surprising. The Thunder is 41-31 this season. Of those 72 games, 37 have come against good teams. The NBA is easily separated between good teams and not-good teams. There […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Balanced scoring has arrived

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    In 2012, the Thunder made the NBA Finals. And the Thunder was a top-heavy offensive team. Historically top-heavy. Three players averaged double figure scoring. Kevin Durant 28.0, Russell Westbrook 23.6 and James Harden 16.8. No other Thunder was close. Serge Ibaka was fourth on the team in scoring at 9.1. Kendrick Perkins was fifth at […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Berry Tramel is live from Columbus, Ohio, where he's getting ready for OU's NCAA Tournament opener against Albany on Friday. Ask Berry your tourney questions and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Adams & Kanter make an intriguing pair

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The Thunder beat Chicago 109-100 Sunday, and the story of the day was the two-center lineup. Enes Kanter and Steven Adams played 30:16; 62 percent of the game. Their starting status was made possible by Serge Ibaka’s injury. So when Serge returns, he’s back in the lineup. But a Kanter/Adams tandem is intriguing for the […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks improvises and hits on a winning lineup late against the Bulls

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Foreman Scotty resorted to a small lineup, which usually means good offense and shaky defense, but this time it was the defensive ticket to victory.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Serge Ibaka misses second straight game with knee soreness

    By Anthony Slater, Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Ibaka is considered day-to-day. He’s unlikely to play on Monday in Dallas, but hasn’t been ruled out.

  • Russell Westbrook masking Thunder sluggishness

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 13, 2015

    The Minnesota  Timberwolves are in Oklahoma City for a Friday night game against the Thunder. The T-Wolves are 14-49, the third-worst record in the league. The Knickerbockers are 13-51 and the 76ers are 14-50. Earlier in the year, New York came to Chesapeake Arena, and the Thunder won in a rout. But last week, Philly […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat today from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. to talk Big 12 basketball, Thunder vs. Clippers and the OU-SAE video fallout and its impact on athletics.

  • Believe this: Sam Presti will not trade Kevin Durant

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    ESPN’s Tom Penn, a former NBA executive who is quite sharp on all things economic in the league, made waves on Colin Cowherd’s show this week when he suggested that Thunder general manager Sam Presti would trade Kevin Durant next season. Talking about Russell Westbrook’s explosion into production of historic proportions, Penn said: “I think […]

  • Another triple-double, another day at the office for Russell Westbrook

    Published: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Westbrook’s ceiling is so high, his numbers against Toronto didn’t even move the meter: 30 points, 11 rebounds, a career-high-matching 17 assists, four steals.

  • Russell Westbrook's company: NBA giants

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    We’ve broken down by number Russell Westbrook’s amazing production in recent weeks. But numbers can get confusing. There is nothing confusing about names. If we break down Westbrook’s play by the company he’s suddenly keeping, the level of Westbrook’s game comes into clear focus. He is playing basketball like few have ever played it. The […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Heisman talk, OSU's hoops 'rise', and Big 12 Tournament picks

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Berry Tramel jumped on the Power Lunch chat live from H&H Shooting Sports to talk Thunder, Sooners, Cowboys and more. Here's the recap.

  • 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.

  • Daniel Orton: Fired for telling the truth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    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 column here. But […]

  • This Thunder season has gone from cursed to crazy

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    Forget “Thunderstruck.” Or “Oklahoma!” The new Thunder anthem is the theme from M*A*S*H. Good thing the NBA has its own health insurance; the Thunder alone would bankrupt ObamaCare.

  • Thunder in trouble if it can't defend the pick-and-roll

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Bob Stoops likes to tell the story of his early days coaching at Kansas State, when the Wildcats routinely were outmanned, and Bill Snyder’s young staff had to be innovative in keeping K-State competitive. In one particular gameplan session, Stoops expressed pessimism that KSU’s interior defense could hold up. The nose tackle or defensive tackles, […]

  • Oklahoma City: A night in Loud City

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The last time I sat in the stands at a Thunder game, it was November 2008. The Dish and I went to a Thunder-Hornets game. Sat about 20 rows up behind the south basket. New Orleans trounced the Thunder. P.J. Carlesimo was fired before we even made it home. I stepped back into fandom Tuesday […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: On court storming, college basketball's big problem and Dez Bryant

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered your questions on the Thunder, Sooners, Cowboys and more on the Power Lunch chat. Here's the recap:

Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:25:58 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Here's one more thing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's injuries have taken from the... LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 01:33:16 PM CST Syracuse travelblog: 23 degrees at 2 a.m. LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 12:56:35 AM CST Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 12:56:35 AM CST Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Mar. 27 2015 03:11:44 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Mateen Cleaves talks Eduardo Najera LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Mar. 27 2015 10:28:53 AM CST Syracuse travelblog: Barbeque in upstate New York LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 08:08:41 PM CST Michigan State has a tough rock 'em, sock 'em basketball program LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 06:24:55 PM CST Oklahoma basketball notebook: Joe Castiglione makes it to Syracuse to support Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 05:11:12 PM CST Lon Kruger says college basketball has taken a step back LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 11:44:15 AM CST Syracuse travelblog: A trip to Cooperstown LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 12:22:21 AM CST Thunder has struggled against good teams LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:47:45 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Is the N word acceptable? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:11:21 PM CST Bob Stoops and Tom Izzo have gone down similar career paths until recently LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 11:06:11 AM CST Cleveland travelblog: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is here to stay LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 12:01:53 AM CST Oklahoma basketball: More on Khadeem Lattin LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 06:33:52 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: After SAE video, former Texas Western player David Lattin had some advice for grandson Kh... LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 09:23:55 AM CST Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 07:05:16 PM CST Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 05:55:16 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 01:32:02 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooners flying Big 12 banner LINK