Berry Tramel
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.


  • Even without Kevin Love, Minnesota will make Western Conference tougher

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    This looks to be the kind of trade that makes both teams better. The Cavs have a third star to pair with LeBron and Kyrie Irving. The T-Wolves get three promising pieces, in solid power forward Thaddeus Young plus Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the last two overall No. 1 picks.

  • OKC Thunder: Keeping Reggie Jackson is a priority, but it won't be easy

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The Thunder supersub has finished three NBA seasons and thus is eligible for a contract extension this offseason. He is not the superstar those guys were and are, but he’s quite a ballplayer.

  • Building superteams in NBA is not a new fad

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    It’s the converse of the Thunder Way, which calls for growing your own superstars. The Thunder is trying to replicate the Spurs, who now have won five of the last 16 NBA championships with homegrown stars.

  • ABA memories: Don't believe Will Ferrell

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about David Vance and the birth of the blocked shot as an official statistic. You can read that column here. But the occasion gave Vance and I reason to look at all kinds of great memories about the ABA. The American Basketball Association spent nine years as an upstart […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: City can lay claim to the league's top shot blocker and the man who invented the blocked shot stat

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    David Vance and Serge Ibaka share more than an area code. Both are preeminent figures in the story of basketball shot blocking.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Berry Tramel is LIVE from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m., answering your questions on the start of preseason football, Team USA basketball and more. Get your questions in early.

  • USA Basketball: Paul George's injury should give pause to idea of stars like Kevin Durant playing international hoops

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Aug 3, 2014

    Is playing international basketball worth the risk of injury? I thought what you thought. That could have been Kevin Durant. And no matter what anyone says, “you” includes Clay Bennett and Sam Presti and Scotty Brooks and Russell Westbrook.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant watch will make for a long two years

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s contract expires soon, and the organization with which he’s been for what seems like forever is under siege. Every competitor wants Durant’s services, most notably an upstart in his youthful stomping grounds. We’re talking about Nike, of course, which has produced seven versions of Durant’s signature shoe, but Durant’s Swoosh contract runs out this week, and Maryland-based Under Armour plans to come after Durant with gusto. And you think the Thunder walks softly around Durant? Well, the answer is yes. The Thunder and everyone else from Balko to Broken Bow. Durant’s Thunder contract expires in summer 2016.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Kevin Durant. Bob Stoops. Joe Mixon. Oklahoma State's APR. Berry Tramel is on the Power Lunch live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • LA swap: Lakers, not Clippers, suddenly have ownership problem

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A judge has ruled that Shelly Sterling can sell the Los Angeles Clippers, presumably to Steve Ballmer, but no matter, whoever ends up owning the Clips will be a big improvement over Donald Sterling. Meanwhile, Jerry Buss is still dead. Which means the seismic shift of Los Angeles basketball continues. The Lakers once had one […]

  • Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The Thunder ranked second in NBA offense (points per possession) in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 but slipped to seventh last season. Points per possession is the best way to gauge an offense (or defense), and the Thunder slipped to 1.081 points per possession last season, after averaging 1.102 the year before.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back from Big 12 Media Days, chatting OU, OSU and Thunder from H&H Shooting Sports. Get your questions in and Berry will be on at 11 with answers.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back! Join him to talk preseason football, NBA offseason and Thunder free agency on the Power Lunch chat -- live from H&H Shooting Sports -- at 11 a.m.

  • Cleveland's futility ranks at the top of major-league cities

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    LeBron James is back with the Cavaliers, and Cleveland’s quest for a championship has resumed. Not since the 1964 Browns won the NFL title has Cleveland won a championship. That’s 50 years and counting. For the Tuesday Oklahoman, I wrote about LeBron’s return. You can read that column here. One city, San Diego, has waited […]

  • No amount of LeBron James' forgiveness can wash away Dan Gilbert's ineptitude at running a franchise

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    The Cavs over the previous four NBA Drafts have had five top-four selections, including three overall No. 1 picks. And despite LeBron’s return, Cleveland still might not have enough talent to win the Eastern Conference.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Andre Roberson's role expand in Year 2?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson.

  • Pat Riley's 'get a grip' good advice for Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Pat Riley spoke to the media Thursday in Miami. He doesn’t talk all that often. But when he does, it’s interesting. The Miami Heat president addressed his unsteady roster – 14 of the Heat’s 15 players will be or could be free agents, including superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – and basically […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion about Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Serge Ibaka. After watching him average career highs in scoring and rebounding this season, what are realistic statistical averages for Serge Ibaka next season? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think his scoring will stay around 15 points, but I think he can be even better as a rebounder and passer while also seeing an uptick in his shot-blocking. In addition to going into next season more comfortable, confident and experienced, Ibaka also could benefit from a slight minute increase. So I’ll say he’ll average 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks. Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: He’ll probably be right around those same

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Columnist Berry Tramel is answering your questions on Thunder, Big 12 football and more from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together




Berry Tramel Today at 4:51 PM Big 12 rankings: OSU, West Virginia move up LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 10:31 AM Arlington road trip: Florida State fans impressive LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 31 2014 06:56:51 PM CST Pro football bust possibilities: Sam Bradford and Wes Welker LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 31 2014 01:06:39 AM CST Oklahoma State football: Be dejected about the night, euphoric about the future LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 31 2014 01:06:39 AM CST Oklahoma State football: OSU-FSU by the numbers LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 31 2014 01:06:39 AM CST OSU football notebook: 'Trail of Tears' sign causes stir, apology LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Aug. 30 2014 11:48:28 PM CST OSU report card: Grades reflect Cowboys' inspired play vs. No. 1 Florida State LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 09:16:43 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Game vs. Florida State in JerryWorld exactly where these Cowboys should be LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 06:31:39 PM CST College football upset special: Miami over Louisville LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 06:31:38 PM CST College football Game of the Day: Clemson at Georgia LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 06:31:38 PM CST College football: Clemson at Georgia tops this week's slate of national games LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 01:18:24 PM CST Should the Browns have hired Kevin Sumlin instead of drafting Johnny Manziel? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 09:25:11 AM CST Jimbo Fisher: Coach-in-waiting worked out, but it wasn't smooth LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 11:13:09 PM CST College Football Playoff: Why the playoff makes nonconference games more important LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 04:10:18 PM CST La Tech's Skip Holtz has seen the Sooners before LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:21:14 PM CST Oklahoma State football predictions: Why Kansas State is the Cowboys' biggest game. LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:21:14 PM CST College football predictions: Why Charlie Strong will pull off the Big 12 upset of the year LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:21:13 PM CST College football forecast: Gus Malzahn, Marshall on the rise, Will Muschamp, Michigan in decline LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 12:50:37 PM CST Florida State football: Guess who were Seminole roommates? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 09:26:24 AM CST College picks: No upset specials with OU & OSU LINK