A minute-by-minute blow of the Hornets’ return to Oklahoma City on Friday night: 6:37 p.m. — Roughly two hours before tipoff, the first Hornets player to step on the court is Chris Paul. Imagine that. A few minutes later, Hornets general manager Jeff Bower walks by and playfully is asked if he can leave a few players behind. Bower smiles, quickly answers no and adds, "We’re going to count all our players on the plane when we leave. Make sure they’re accounted for.” The two teams meet again tonight in New Orleans. 7 — The Hornets’ locker room is open to media. Waiting inside with a smile and a handshake to all who enter are Tyson Chandler, David West, Peja Stojakovic, Rasual Butler, Hilton Armstrong, coach Byron Scott, trainer Terry Koffler and equipment manager David Jovanovic, who wanted to talk a little Oklahoma-Texas Tech football. 7:12 — Media swarm around Scott in his dressing room for a pre-game interview session. Scott tells a New Orleans reporter he wants his 5-5 team to toughen up and play "with that fear of losing.” The 1-11 Thunder certainly has that fear of losing. In Scott’s first season, the Hornets went 18-64. If anyone can relate to the Thunder’s pain, it’s Scott. Asked what was the toughest part of 18 wins, Scott quickly answers, "the 64 losses.” Scott kept his house in north Oklahoma City, where his 22-year-old daughter resides while attending college. Scott’s son, a senior in high school this year, will join his sister at the house next school year while attending junior college. Scott kept his membership at Oak Tree Golf Club, which is in the midst of a massive renovation. "Yeah, they’re making it harder,” Scott said, shaking his head. Asked for his favorite memory of the Ford Center, Scott said it was opening night three years ago when the Hornets beat the Sacramento Kings, 93-67. Scott was stunned when he went out to the court an hour before tipoff and found the stands full. "That shocked me,” Scott said. "You just don’t go to an NBA arena an hour before game time, and fans are already there.” (An hour before Friday’s game, there were maybe 1,000 fans in the arena.) Scott said he had a plaque made of that game, with the score engraved at the bottom, and has it hanging in his house. 7:25 — Fans already have engulfed the front row of the tunnel where the Hornets will emerge Broadcast legend Kevin Calabro of Seattle, doing the game for ESPN, chats with several former SuperSonics, including Desmond Mason and Damien Wilkins. 7:33 — Chandler signs a program for a fan and then gives her a peck on the right cheek. Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is spotted signing autographs, a dozen kids scramble to the Thunder’s tunnel. 8:16 — The Hornets run onto the court and receive applause that grows louder the more they come into view. 8:19 — The Thunder emerges to a much louder ovation. 8:36 — The lights go out. The national anthem is sung by local group "Entourage.” 8:40 — Paul is introduced first, receives a loud ovation, waves to the crowd and that’s about it. Ten seconds, and it’s over. Butler is introduced next, then Chandler, then West, then Stojakovic and then Scott, who receives the second-loudest ovation. Elapsed time: Thirty seconds, tops. The Hornets receive a nice welcome back, but it was hardly overwhelming. It also was extremely short-lived. The Thunder is introduced, and the place erupts. The sellout crowd no doubt is all-Thunder. The Hornets used to draw screams with each basket. On this night, those baskets draw an eerie silence. The Hornets show little mercy on the Thunder and post a 105-80 victory at their previous home away from home. They’ve moved on, and so have we. Thanks for the memories, Hornets. Much love, but we’ve got our own team now. For better or worse. John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. on New JOX 930 (AM).