Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Oakley, Dolan move toward truce in meeting with Silver

Oakley, Dolan move toward truce in meeting with Silver

Knicks owner James Dolan and Charles Oakley's camp are "trying to find a compromise" to end the nasty feud that led to the fan favorite's ejection and arrest last Wednesday and subsequent ban from Madison Square Garden, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The NBA has heard enough about the ongoing spat between Charles Oakley and New York Knicks owner James Dolan, who are attempting to settle their differences following a meeting with commissioner Adam Silver.

Yet at this meeting both men came together and sorted things out with the commissioner along with a special guest.

But Silver met with Dolan and Oakley at the league office in Manhattan Monday while Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan took part on a conference call.

Dolan announced Friday that Oakley would not be allowed to enter the arena, even with a ticket, following the former player being forcibly removed from the arena earlier in the week.

"Rev. Sharpton is calling upon Mr. Dolan to lift the ban and reinstate Mr. Oakley's privileges", the statement read.

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. 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.

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.

Dolan welcomed back another ex-Knick, Latrell Sprewell, on Sunday during a victory over San Antonio.

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