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.

  • Here's a vote to keep Scott Brooks as Thunder coach

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    This Thunder season was kooky. Trades by the number, injuries by the score.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Restricted free agent Enes Kanter talks business

    By Darnell Mayberry and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Enes Kanter said he is not concerned with whether he starts or comes off the bench next season, although a part of his unhappiness in Utah stemmed from a lack of playing time.

  • Thunder has no one to blame for missing playoffs but itself

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    The injuries to Kevin Durant (throughout the season) and Serge Ibaka (down the stretch) kept the Thunder from being a championship contender. That’s not what kept the Thunder from outsprinting New Orleans, which had its own injury problems, by the way. This race wasn’t a final-day decision. It’s not the Spurs’ job to look out for the Thunder.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Is the Thunder playoff bound? What's to make of OU's spring game? What can we look for during OSU's spring game? Ask Berry Tramel on the live chat from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

  • Can James Harden catch Russell Westbrook for NBA scoring title?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Russell Westbrook appears to have the NBA scoring title wrapped up. After a 101-90 Thunder victory over Portland on Monday night, Westbrook is averaging 28.015 points a game. James Harden is Westbrook’s chief pursuer; Harden had 26 points Monday night in Houston’s 100-90 victory at Charlotte. Harden now is averaging 27.513 points a game. The […]

  • Dion Waiters has become a valuable hand for the short-handed Thunder

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The Thunder beat the Sacramento Kings 116-103 Friday night in a must-win game, and Waiters played 40 minutes for the third time in the last five games. In this crazy Thunder season of injuries, Waiters has become the most dependable Boomer in terms of availability. He hasn’t missed a game, and his workload is increasing.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Questions about the Thunder's playoff hopes? Spring football? A Bedlam baseball blowout? Ask Berry Tramel on the live chat from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

  • Western Conference playoff advice: Avoid the Spurs

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

      Watching the Thunder demise makes us focus, well, on the Thunder demise. The Thunder has lost six of seven games, lost its last three home games, and is in danger of missing the playoffs. An unthinkable state even factoring in the injury crush of this season. But the Thunder demise has made us forget […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Spurs' rout sobering for OKC and its group of newcomers who have yet to reach the playoffs

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The Spurs routed the Thunder 113-88 Tuesday night on the most sobering night of a somber season. Couple New Orleans’ victory over Golden State with the Thunder’s utter lack of competitiveness against San Antonio, and this is looking more and more like a dark May for OKC basketball.

  • Tramel: 10 controversial sports trades that won't die

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 6, 2015

    The James Harden deal is far from the first sports trade that won’t die. Some sports transactions remain hot-button issues almost a century after they were finalized. Here are 10 sports trades that were controversial at the time and remain so to this day: [pagebreak] 10. Home Run Champ for Batting Champ Rocky Colavito hit 41 […]

  • If LeBron doesn't win MVP award, then James Harden should

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Harden has put Houston on his back as it has dealt with its own injury issues.

  • Final Four: Would Wisconsin over Kentucky be an upset?

    Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    WE PICK'EM -- The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson discuss their picks for Thunder-Grizzlies, Thunder-Rockets, Michigan State-Duke and whether Wisconsin over Kentucky qualifies as an upset.

  • Thunder Thursday: Life behind the eight ball

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    THUNDER THURSDAY -- The home loss to the Mavericks ended the Thunder’s hopes of moving up in the Western Conference playoff race. But is it too soon to assume OKC will be the eight-seed and face Golden State? The Oklahoman's Thunder coverage team discusses.

  • Does the Thunder miss Ibaka more than it misses Durant?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    What I’m about to say sounds like nonsense on the surface. But I think it’s true. The Thunder, as currently constructed, as it sits here on April 2, misses Serge Ibaka more than it misses Kevin Durant. Long-term, no. In most situations, no. But this Thunder team? It needs Ibaka’s defensive protection more than it […]

  • Thunder is headed for a quick end to this cursed season, playoffs or not

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Hope for post-season advancement was lost Wednesday night, when the Mavs effectively doomed the Thunder to no better than eighth place in the Western Conference.

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Travis Ford, Serge Ibaka's return and Kevin Durant's comments

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered readers' questions on the Power Lunch chat Wednesday live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Another curse of Kevin Durant's injury: Foul shooting

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The Thunder made just 21 of 32 foul shots in a five-point loss at Utah on Saturday night. That once was a rare occurrence for Oklahoma City. But not this season. The Thunder made just 11 of 18 foul shots in a 10-point loss at Atlanta. Just 12 of 21 in a five-point loss at […]

  • 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 […]

Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 27 2015 04:30:37 PM CST OC's Randy Heath to step down from coaching after 46 years LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 27 2015 12:28:38 PM CST Emails in on Scotty Brooks' firing LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 27 2015 09:46:50 AM CST Guess who joins Cowboys in most NFL national TV appearances? LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Apr. 26 2015 06:06:50 PM CST Sooner defensive backs needed to hear a new voice LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 25 2015 06:24:12 PM CST OKC Thunder: Sam Presti thinks another coach would be a better fit for Thunder LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 24 2015 06:29:39 PM CST Thunder coaching bracket: The winner is, Kevin Ollie LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 24 2015 05:10:40 PM CST Thunder coaching bracket: Ollie vs. Thibodeau in the Finals LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 24 2015 04:32:41 PM CST Thunder coaching bracket: Down to the final four LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 24 2015 03:15:19 PM CST Thunder coaching bracket: Coach K & Adrian Griffin produce upsets LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 24 2015 01:55:08 PM CST Thunder Coaching Search Bracket LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 24 2015 12:20:04 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Buddy Hield's return promises exciting season LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 24 2015 09:44:58 AM CST Is Kevin Ollie really off the table for the Thunder? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 23 2015 07:29:23 PM CST Some wanted Scott Brooks fired. Others consider it an outrage. LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 23 2015 04:56:50 PM CST RT @anthonyVslater: New Thunder podcast: @BerryTramel joins us to dissect the lonnnnng list of coaching candidates for OKC -> LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 23 2015 12:31:35 PM CST An Oklahoma thank you to Scott Brooks LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 23 2015 09:51:05 AM CST Scott Brooks: Good timing early, bad timing late LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 11:01:52 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: With Scott Brooks' firing, Sam Presti chooses change for the sake of progress LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 05:29:10 PM CST Scott Brooks' tenure among the longest in NBA history LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 02:52:14 PM CST Thunder darkhorse candidate? Mike Malone LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 22 2015 10:29:21 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK