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Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks opposed to buyout for Joe Smith

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 25, 2009 at 2:55 pm •  Published: February 25, 2009

> “I haven’t even thought about that,” Brooks said. “I kind of like it the way it is now. That Southwest Division is pretty powerful.”

Layup drill

Brooks has implemented a layup drill he calls “Daily Dozen,” an exercise in which Thunder players must make six layups on each side of the basket — an overhand, underhand, reverse left hand, reverse right hand, baby hook shots and a pull-up jumper inside the key.

Brooks said the team has performed the drill consistently in the last week, but he wanted to focus on the drill Wednesday after seeing the Thunder miss several layups against Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

“We definitely need to improve on shots right around the basket,” Brooks said. “We’re going to try to get it in three or four times a week.”

Durant: “I’m the best H-O-R-S-E player ever”

Kevin Durant let his hair down following Wednesday’s practice, entering into a jovial game of H-O-R-S-E with teammate Russell Westbrook and a team official.

After Durant won the first game without receiving a single letter, he jokingly shouted, “I’m the best H-O-R-S-E player ever. Tell Kobe (Bryant). Tell LeBron (James). Tell Chris Paul.”