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.

  • Will Edmond Santa Fe's Josh Richardson be drafted?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Edmond Santa Fe’s Josh Richardson reportedly was back in his hometown this week for a workout with the Thunder. The 6-foot-6 Tennessee swingman is considered a possible second-round pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. But draft analysts say Richardson has a decent chance at sticking with an NBA team. “Richardson is a player that will stick in the league early purely based off his physical and athletic traits,” declared in its analysis of Richardson, which you can read in its entirety

  • Thunder: Is Cameron Payne a left-handed George Hill?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Of six prominent NBA mock drafts, four have the Thunder taking Murray State point guard Cameron Payne at No. 14. The other two have Payne going to the Pacers at No. 11. For weeks, Payne has been prominently mentioned as a Thunder target. He’s a 6-foot-2 sophomore who can really shoot. Payne averaged 20.3 points […]

  • NBA payroll lists: Thunder won't be in free agent market

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    NBA Draft Week arrives, which is exciting. Because it means free agency arrives soon. The draft is nothing too exciting,  even if you’ve got a team with a lottery pick. That’s one roster spot, and sometimes you don’t know much about whoever gets taken. For instance, who could be drafted at No. 14 by the […]

  • How these Warriors are like 2012 Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    The 2015 NBA Finals continue Tuesday night. We’ve seen this script before. This Warrior-Cavalier series is morphing into the 2012 NBA Finals. Three seasons ago, the Heat beat the Thunder four games to one, and so far, the script has been similar. Home team victory in Game 1. Road team victory in Game 2, after […]

  • Why the Warriors will win the NBA Finals

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    LeBron James has been to five NBA Finals. Thursday night, that number becomes six. LeBron is 2-3 in the Finals, and frankly, that’s about where he ought to be. His Cavaliers were nowhere near in the Spurs’ class in 2007, and ditto for 2014. You might argue that LeBron’s Heat should have beaten the Mavericks […]

  • Cavs need a monumental upset to beat the Warriors

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    The Warriors and the Cavaliers begin the NBA Finals on Thursday night, and LeBron James is so good, he makes you think Cleveland has a fighting chance. But LeBron will have to buck history to raise his third O’Brien Trophy. The Warriors are not just the best of the West. They are historically good. Golden […]

  • Why the (underrated) Warriors will win the NBA Finals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    WE PICK'EM -- Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel make their picks for everything from the NBA Finals to the next Iowa State coach. And even figure out who's the best coach in college football.

  • The 10 best father-son duos in NBA history

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jun 3, 2015

    Two of the best father-son combinations in NBA history are represented in the NBA Finals. Both with the Warriors. The fathers of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were uncommonly good — if under the radar — NBA players. Dell Curry is one of the best players in Charlotte Hornets history. Mychal Thompson was the first […]

  • LeBron vs. Curry: How to determine the real MVP

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    The NBA Finals begin this week, and it’s a clear matchup of Team vs. Superstar. Golden State Warriors vs. LeBron James. So why does the Team have the NBA’s most valuable player? Steph Curry won the award in 2015, in a tight vote over James Harden second, with LeBron a distant third. The whole MVP […]

  • History says Billy Donovan can lead the Thunder to the NBA Finals in his first season

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, May 31, 2015

    It’s guaranteed that for the 10th time in the last 60 years, an NBA championship will be won by a coach in his first year with the team.

  • The Thunder let down Scott Brooks easy — the Bulls danced on Tom Thibodeau's grave

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    The NBA is a rough league. Two of the top-10 coaches of all time in winning percentage get fired in the same spring, and both might have won NBA titles if not for injury-plagued rosters or LeBron James or even the bounce of the ball.

  • Tramel: Why Gregg Popovich is a basketball coach, not a pilot

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    I received an email this week from Wayne Baughman, the wrestling icon who was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Baughman went to John Marshall High School, then was an NCAA individual champion at OU and a member of two NCAA title teams for the Sooners. Baughman is the only wrestler […]

  • Celebrate! The Eastern Conference Finals are over

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    The Eastern Conference Finals are over. Let us all give thanks. Not for what we had. Our long national nightmare is over. The short-handed Cavaliers mercifully swept the top-seeded but outmanned Hawks, finishing off Atlanta 118-88 Tuesday night in a game I can’t tell you a lot about. I turned it off after three quarters. […]

  • Tramel: Can Jeremy Lamb become the next J.J. Redick?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb is a puzzling ballplayer. He’s skilled, he’s athletic. He can dribble reasonably well and shoot really well at times and jump through the gym and he rebounds exceptionally well. But Lamb just doesn’t get to play much for the Thunder, as we documented in the Tuesday Oklahoman, which you can read here. Maybe […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Jeremy Lamb

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Three writers discuss three questions. Today’s subject: Jeremy Lamb.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • OKC Thunder: Consider No. 14 a consolation prize from the Harden trade

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The hidden benefit of the trade was a solid roster and payroll flexibility

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Discussing Anthony Morrow's present and future impact in OKC

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Anthony Morrow.

  • We're to believe NBA superstars aren't consulted when it comes to hiring and firing coaches? Yeah, right.

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Let me get this straight. The most precious commodity in American sport is an elite-talent basketball player. Championship hopes are determined not so much by culture or coach but by who’s on the roster. And yet we’re to believe that said superstars weren’t consulted, or at least informed, by something so germane to their careers as who will coach them?

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion on Thunder guard Andre Roberson

    Berry Tramel, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Thunder guard Andre Roberson.

Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 03 2015 09:49:49 PM CST OU football: A look at the Sooners' win over West Virginia by the numbers
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 03 2015 09:49:48 PM CST OU football: Offensive aggression pays off for Sooners in 44-24 win over West Virginia
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 02 2015 08:35:09 PM CST Tramel: Let's slow the Heisman talk on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 02 2015 03:06:13 PM CST Has Bill Snyder bridged the generation gap?
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 02 2015 02:29:27 PM CST Big 12 football: Texas Tech a test for Baylor QB Seth Russell
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 02 2015 02:29:27 PM CST Big 12 football: Can West Virginia pull off an upset of No. 15 Oklahoma?
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 02 2015 01:10:23 PM CST College football: Notre Dame at Clemson tops the list of this week's games
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 02 2015 01:10:23 PM CST College football: Could this be the year Iowa finally takes the Heartland Trophy back from Wisconsin?
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 02 2015 01:10:23 PM CST College football: Is Notre Dame poised to repeat 2012 run?
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 02 2015 09:41:25 AM CST NBA changes should expedite replay review
Berry Tramel Thu, Oct. 01 2015 11:44:00 AM CST Will OU and OSU escape the upset bid?
Berry Tramel Thu, Oct. 01 2015 07:29:29 AM CST NFL predictions: Last quarterback standing wins
Berry Tramel Wed, Sep. 30 2015 07:32:20 PM CST Could 11 a.m. kickoffs make OU rethink the Big 12?
Berry Tramel Wed, Sep. 30 2015 06:19:53 PM CST College football: Former NEO coach Glen Wolfe dies
Berry Tramel Wed, Sep. 30 2015 03:23:17 PM CST Larry Brown: No surprises at SMU
Berry Tramel Wed, Sep. 30 2015 09:44:18 AM CST Billy Donovan "humbled" by reception in OKC
Berry Tramel Tue, Sep. 29 2015 06:06:21 PM CST Big 12's Walt Anderson explains defensive holding on a running play
Berry Tramel Tue, Sep. 29 2015 06:06:21 PM CST How good is West Virginia's defense?
Berry Tramel Tue, Sep. 29 2015 11:42:03 AM CST Was Mason Rudolph better than what Gundy thought?
Berry Tramel Tue, Sep. 29 2015 08:24:51 AM CST Nick Collison no stranger to coaching changes