Oakley, Dolan move toward truce in meeting with Silver

Oakley, Dolan move toward truce in meeting with Silver

Michael Jordan and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver are helping fix the relationship between Charles Oakley and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan.

According to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan could help negotiate a reconciliation between Oakley and Dolan.

"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.

Last week, Dolan announced Oakley was banned from MSG. though it looks like the ban might already be lifted.

Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on New York Knicks Owner James Dolan to immediately lift the ban against Charles Oakley, after conversing with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and agreeing that the policy has not been reinforced with other players.

Speaking on The Michael Kay Show, Dolan speculated possible issues with Oakley, saying, "He may have a problem with alcohol".

'Mr Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future'.

Jordan, a friend and former teammate of Oakley's, joined the trio on a conference call. The win was overshadowed as Dolan hosted former Knicks stars Latrell Sprewell and Larry Johnson along the baseline. It hit a low point when security surrounded Oakley in his seat a few rows behind Dolan during a nationally televised game, and Oakley responded by shoving at least two of the security officials. Oakley maintains he did nothing to warrant an ejection.

Now, if Monday's statement from Silver is to be believed, there could be a picture of Dolan sitting side-by-side with Oakley at a Knicks game in the future - something that didn't seem possible as recently as 24 hours ago.

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