Charles Oakley expected to be invited back to Madison Square Garden

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.

The apparent feud between New York Knicks owner James Dolan and former player Charles Oakley continues to draw in new personalities.

What followed was a bewilderingly tone deaf PR offensive by Dolan, insinuating Oakley had an alcohol or anger problem and people close to Oakley hinting that he might sue for the damage done to his reputation.

"Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA", Silver continued.

In a statement released Monday, Sharpton's National Action Network announced plans to picket Madison Square Garden if the ban is upheld.

In 2013 Willis Reed attends ceremonies for New York's renovated Madison Square Garden
In 2013 Willis Reed attends ceremonies for New York's renovated Madison Square Garden

Dolan then came out publicly and said the Oakley was banned from attending Knicks for the foreseeable future after the incident.

Dolan and the Knicks have engaged in freaky back-and-forth finger pointing since Oakley's arrest on Wednesday, releasing a series of statements pleading for the 53-year-old to "get some help soon" and painting him as the aggressor who started the scuffle last week. 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.

Dolan also called Oakley violent and abusive, speculating that he is an alcoholic.

MSG's PR campaign culminated in the return of Latrell Sprewell - another Knicks fan favorite who had been ostracized for more than a decade thanks to a personal feud with Dolan - for Sunday's win against the San Antonio Spurs. Oakley maintains he did nothing to warrant an ejection.

Oakley and Dolan have had a strained relationship in part because of Oakley's criticisms of the team.

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