Days Later, Knicks Lift Charles Oakley's Lifetime Ban

Michael Jordan and Adam Silver step in on Knicks debacle

Michael Jordan participated in the discussion via telephone.

Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver are helping fix the relationship between former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley and Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan.

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

After watching the standoff generate headlines for several days, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver summoned both parties to his office Monday, with Oakley's friend and Hornets owner Michael Jordan looped in on a conference call.

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Silver stated that both sides were apologetic about their respective roles in the incident and that Dolan hoped that Oakley would be his personal guest at Madison Square Garden very soon. "I'm a Knicks fan for life, no matter if I come back to the Garden or not", he previously told ESPN.

The New York Knicks have lifted their ban on Charles Oakley, sources said to ESPN.

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"There was an offer extended evidently ... and Oakley didn't accept it because he's still hurt", Francesa said. They've been supportive. One of the things I told the commissioner, I want to have a press conference and I want him to apologize to me and the fans. "I love the fans in NY". In his grandiosity and insecurity, he then invites, and I would assume pays for, such "outstanding ex-Knick citizens" as Latrell Sprewell and Vin Baker to sit with him at a game. In those five days there were verbal jabs thrown at each other by Oakley and Dolan, including baseless accusations from Dolan that Oakley was an alcoholic.

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