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

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

The NBA intervened in the Oakley-Dolan feud Monday, trying to put an end to what NBA commissioner Adam Silver called a "disheartening" situation.

Silver met with Knicks owner James Dolan and Oakley at the league office on Monday.

The Knicks owner said Oakley is banned from stepping foot inside Madison Square Garden as a result of the altercation, which has owned headlines across the National Basketball Association and added yet another ring to New York's circus this season.

Oakley, a power forward for the revered Knicks teams of the 1990s, was banned last Friday following the incident in which he was arrested and charged with three counts of misdemeanor assault and one count of misdemeanor trespassing.

"I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Dolan, Mr. Oakley and Mr. Jordan to work towards a resolution of this matter".

Dolan then came out publicly and said the Oakley was banned from attending Knicks for the foreseeable future after the incident. 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 has maintained that he did nothing wrong, while Dolan has said that Oakley had anger problems, perhaps fueled by alcohol. "Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG [Madison Square Garden] as his guest in the near future". The win was overshadowed as Dolan hosted former Knicks stars Latrell Sprewell and Larry Johnson along the baseline.

The trouble had been brewing for years with Oakley left on the outside by the Knicks and his efforts to get back in good graces rebuffed by Dolan.

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