ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” tandem Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser joined “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night.

They discussed how “PTI” came to be, as well as their relationship both inside and out of the studio. The most intriguing part came when Kimmel brought up Rockets center Dwight Howard, who’s apparently on the trading block.

“I did defend him for years,” Wilbon said. “This is a hot-button thing. I defended him for years, because Tony started attacking him while he was leading a team to the Finals. Not great timing on his part, but he was right. Subsequently, players influence you, and when players pull you aside and say, ‘This guy is a clown. He’s never serious about his craft,’ you start to listen.”

When Kimmel pushed Wilbon to reveal Kobe Bryant was saying this about Howard, Wilbon smiled and said, “Not necessarily”. Of course, it wouldn’t be much of a shock if it were true. Remember this?

Here’s the entire segment. Skip to 2:45 for the Dwight Howard part:

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