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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

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