Berry Tramel
Sports Columnist and Reporter

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.

  • Time for Thunder to use retired Sonic numbers

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Thunder rookie Cameron Payne wanted jersey No. 1. That’s what he wore at Murray State. But Payne can’t wear No. 1 with the Thunder. It’s retired, in honor of Gus Williams, who if he ever was in Oklahoma, it was to ride or horse or shop for boots, not to play basketball. Here we go again. The sticky details of relocation lead to absurdity. The Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, and with the move came all the Sonics’ history and honors, with some stipulations that it would return to Seattle should that city regain an NBA franchise. So when Kendrick Perkins arrived via trade from Boston in 2011, he couldn’t wear No. 43 with the Thunder. That was retired in honor of

  • Cam Payne: What kind of basketball place is Murray State?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The newest Thunder is Cam Payne, whose slogan when he was drafted 14th overall Thursday night was chip-on-my-shoulder. Payne didn’t mind telling everyone he felt he belonged at Duke but instead became a mid-major star at Murray State of the Ohio Valley Conference. Here’s a tutorial on Murray State basketball: * Murray State is located in Murray, Ky., in far western Kentucky. It’s not in the middle of nowhere. Murray State is within three hours of Louisville, Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis. Murray State has 11,166 students. * The Racers have made 15 NCAA Tournaments and have won three times, beating Colorado State in 2012, Vanderbilt in 2010 and North Carolina State in 1988.

  • Tramel: I think we're going to like new OKC Thunder coach Billy Donovan just fine

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    BILLY DONOVAN -- New Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan is personable and engaging. Seems to have constructed few walls. That’s encouraging. Columnist Berry Tramel says he thinks we’re going to like Donovan. We the press and we the people.

  • Tramel: 'Don't know' is acceptable in the NBA Draft

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    If it’s not Kevin Wayne Durant about to grace the roster, we really have no clue how a player will fare in the NBA.

  • 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.

Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 25 2015 03:38:14 PM CST Big 12 efficiency rankings: Baylor offense, OU defense cream of the crop
Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 25 2015 02:23:53 PM CST Can Oklahoma State make the College Football Playoff?
Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 25 2015 12:14:22 PM CST Press Row Podcast: The Bedlam of our dreams and the Thunder's best player
Berry Tramel Wed, Nov. 25 2015 09:40:28 AM CST Kevin Durant makes Dion Waiters better
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 24 2015 10:17:43 PM CST OU football: Are the Sooners a Bedlam win away from making the College Football Playoff?
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 24 2015 11:01:13 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 24 2015 11:01:13 AM CST Comparing OU's resume to Notre Dame's, Michigan State's & Iowa's
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 24 2015 09:30:36 AM CST Bundle up for another wintry Bedlam
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 23 2015 08:50:18 PM CST Comparing OU's résumé to Notre Dame's, Michigan State's & Iowa's
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 23 2015 03:52:19 PM CST Gary Patterson stands by his final two-point conversion decision
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 23 2015 10:22:27 AM CST College football rankings: Time to cut the committee some slack
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 22 2015 11:22:37 PM CST Berry Tramel: Thunder wins but remains a work in progress
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 22 2015 10:07:21 PM CST Thunder wins but remains a work in progress
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 22 2015 03:28:56 PM CST Big 12 rankings: Sooners are No. 1
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 22 2015 11:31:21 AM CST OU football: Horror show vs. TCU has a happy ending for Sooners
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 22 2015 09:04:19 AM CST OU football report card: Sooners' win versus TCU was too close for comfort
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 22 2015 01:19:22 AM CST OU football: A look at the Sooners' 30-29 win over TCU by the numbers
Berry Tramel Sat, Nov. 21 2015 09:12:12 AM CST OU offense gaining on Baylor in points-per-possession
Berry Tramel Fri, Nov. 20 2015 08:53:27 PM CST OU football: The chip on Baker Mayfield's shoulder has more than a tint of crimson
Berry Tramel Fri, Nov. 20 2015 06:35:07 PM CST Big 12 football: Can Glenn Spencer get Cowboys' defense to hold down Baylor's high-powered offense?