Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Adam Silver, Michael Jordan help mend Charles Oakley, James Dolan feud

The Knicks subsequently announced Oakley was banned indefinitely from attending Knicks' games at Madison Square Garden.

Though, Sharpton's mobilization of picketers "in solidarity", may no longer prove necessary, since an intervention spearheaded by NBA legend Michael Jordan and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver appears to have made real progress in brokering a truce between Dolan and Oakley.

"It is beyond disheartening to see situations involving members of the National Basketball Association family like the one that occurred at Madison Square Garden this past week", Silver said in a statement Monday evening.

The ban, which Knicks owner James Dolan placed on Oakley on Friday, lasted all of five days before it was lifted. "I told the commissioner I want them to apologize to the fans".

Jordan and Oakley were teammates in Chicago before Oakley was traded to NY, where he became a fan favourite with the Knicks from 1988-98. I want them to apologize to the fans.

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On Tuesday, a Madison Square Garden source told ESPN the ban was lifted.

Oakley played with the Knicks for 10 years, cherishing the time he shared with the franchise in the 90s.

"Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA, Silver said, TMZ Sports reports". Many fans and players sided with Oakley, but Dolan came down hard on the former Knick, initially claiming he'd "never be allowed to enter MSG again".

He later reiterated that request in a separate interview with ESPN, saying he would not return to the Garden as a guest of Dolan's if asked even though the owner apologized to him in private.

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