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.


  • Scott Brooks: Good timing early, bad timing late

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Scotty Brooks became the Thunder head coach in November 2008 because he was in the right place at the right time. Brooks was an assistant coach, an impressive assistant coach, of a young team that had promising talent but wasn’t winning and was playing for a coach who alienated the players. So when the Thunder […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With Scott Brooks' firing, Sam Presti chooses change for the sake of progress

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Seems like a risk, changing coaches with only one year left on Durant’s contract and all the chaos that will swirl around Thunderland next season. But Presti says it’s the opposite. The risk is in status quo.

  • A stepfather and the Thunder honor the life of C.J. Davis

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    On the walls of C.J. Davis’ bedroom are some basketball posters. Of Kevin Durant. Of Dwyane Wade. Of Davis himself, playing for John Marshall High School. I read about Davis on Saturday, the day after he was killed in a car crash after school. I read more about Davis on Sunday, when his stepfather, Paul […]

  • Scott Brooks' tenure among the longest in NBA history

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The Thunder fired Scott Brooks on Wednesday after seven incredibly fruitful years. A championship was the only thing missing on Brooks’ resume’. Some will say Brooks got a raw deal, and others at least will say Brooks wasn’t treated fairly. But they don’t do it for fair. And by it, I mean professional sports. In […]

  • Thunder darkhorse candidate? Mike Malone

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    There are about 35 basketball people on Earth unavailable to replace Scotty Brooks. Literally everyone else would take the Thunder job. That’s how good is this opportunity. Kevin Durant for at least one year. Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka for at least two. Maybe more on all three. Lots of young talent. A rabid fan […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Is Scott Brooks' job in jeopardy? Will the Big 12 bring back the title game in football and if so, what will its impact be? Ask Berry Tramel your questions on the Thunder, Sooners, Cowboys and more on the Power Lunch chat live at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why history doesn't seem to be on Scott Brooks' side

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The case for Scott Brooks to remain with OKC is stout. But something equally daunting works against Brooks. History. NBA history.

  • Player development a Scott Brooks strength

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Scotty Brooks’ fate continues to twist in the wind. Will he return as the Thunder coach? I assume we’ll know by Friday, when Sam Presti speaks for the first time since the season ended. But before we get too deep into Brooks speculation, let’s clear up a couple of misnomers about Brooks’ coaching. The first […]

  • NBA playoff power rankings: Clippers No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The Clippers routed the Spurs. The Grizzlies routed the TrailBlazers. The Rockets controlled the Mavericks. The Warriors held off the Pelicans. The first two days of the Western Conference playoffs are over, and who knows how things will look come Wednesday night, when every series will have completed two games? Maybe vastly different from how […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Oklahoman writers weigh in on Thunder's season

    Compiled by Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Oklahoma City saw its players miss a combined 220 games due to injuries, Russell Westbrook emerged as an MVP candidate and coach Scott Brooks’ job security was called into question the moment it was all said and done. Our writers weigh in on those topics and more in a roundtable discussion.

  • With Enes Kanter, the Thunder plugged one hole but opened another

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Kanter could scpre. but his defense was atrocious. He was bullied some by fellow post men, but much worse was Kanter’s pick-and-roll defense. Team after team strolled through the Thunder schedule and scored on uncontested jumpers and open lanes to the basket.

  • NBA playoffs: Clippers-Spurs the best matchup

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    The NBA playoffs arrive Saturday, sans the Thunder. But they’re still interesting. Here’s a primer: BEST MATCHUP Clippers-Spurs: Seems more like a Western Conference final than a first-round series. Wizards-Raptors: Toronto has won one playoff series in franchise history, 2001. Washington has won just two playoff series since 1982. One of these markets is going […]

  • 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 […]




Berry Tramel Sat, Jul. 04 2015 06:22:39 PM CST Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of Big 12 expansion candidates LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 03 2015 09:18:32 AM CST What's going on with Enes Kanter contract talks? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 02 2015 05:14:57 PM CST Kyle Singler won't be needed until he is LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 02 2015 04:28:00 PM CST Travis Ford's scrambling has produced an interesting OSU basketball roster LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 02 2015 01:00:32 PM CST Did Kevin Durant make NBA players think twice about one-year contracts LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 02 2015 09:54:48 AM CST How does Kyle Singler compare with Perry Jones III? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 01 2015 03:21:19 PM CST Are college basketball jobs more stable than college football? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 01 2015 01:08:40 PM CST NBA free agency: The next two summers will be even more wild LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 01 2015 11:02:15 AM CST What did Enes Kanter say and what did he mean? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 01 2015 08:55:07 AM CST Who was the final draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 30 2015 05:05:23 PM CST NBA free agency: Ranking the available big men LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 30 2015 05:05:22 PM CST Commentary: OKC Thunder should be able to keep Enes Kanter, but at a hefty price LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 30 2015 04:53:33 PM CST Tom Osborne agrees: 13th game matters LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 30 2015 01:13:48 PM CST Who has replaced Donald Sterling as the NBA's worst owner? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:33:47 AM CST Thunder's worst-case scenario for LaMarcus Aldridge LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jun. 30 2015 08:33:46 AM CST Toronto could be attractive destination for NBA free agents LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 29 2015 04:25:00 PM CST Time for Thunder to use retired Sonic numbers LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 29 2015 10:55:43 AM CST Cam Payne: What kind of basketball place is Murray State? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 29 2015 10:55:43 AM CST NBA offseason: Does the Heat have the Southeast Division's worst talent? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 29 2015 10:55:42 AM CST Put Pete Rose in Cooperstown, just not in the Hall of Fame LINK

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