Knicks legend Charles Oakley no longer banned from Madison Square Garden

The 'Inside the NBA' panel discusses James Dolan and Charles Oakley's meeting with the commissioner

The Knicks lifted their indefinite ban of Charles Oakley from Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, sources told ESPN.com's Stephen A. Smith and the Undefeated's Mike Wise. Following what appeared to be a shoving match with a few security personnel, Oakley was then arrested and charged with assault.

Whatever Adam Silver and Michael Jordan told New York Knicks owner James Dolan on Monday, apparently it worked. Michael Jordan participated in the discussion via telephone.

The sit-down was an attempt to squash the beef between former Knick great Oakley who's been highly critical of Dolan's decisions as an owner.

Dolan later said Oakley was thrown out because he was being verbally abusive to security.


The ordeal began last Wednesday during the Knicks-Clippers game when the former NY forward and beloved big man was arrested and charged with three counts of assault. It is time for fans and reporters to put the pressure on Dolan to sell, so this storied franchise has a real chance to return to where it belongs - at the top of the National Basketball Association.

Though loved by Knicks fans, Oakley does not have a good relationship with Dolan, who reportedly is upset with the former player for being critical of him and the organization.

Silver had Oakley and Dolan came into the league's office Monday, while Jordan joined them via phone. At the last public telling, both sides still had significant differences in their sides of the story: Dolan described Oakley as unhinged from the moment he set foot in the arena; the power forward said he was simply enjoying a night with friends.

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

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