Charles Oakley's lifetime MSG ban is already over

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

Two days after the incident, Dolan gave a radio interview in which he banned Oakley indefinitely from the Garden and suggested that the beloved former Knick might be an alcoholic. The lifetime ban was implemented on Friday but support for Oakley loomed large and longtime Knicks supporter Spike Lee wore an Oakley jersey to the team's game against the Spurs on Sunday. Adams also echoed those sentiments, mentioning that there's no justifiable reason as to why Oakley was banned from the arena, especially because he's "representative of the athletes who participated in building a legacy of the New York Knicks..."

Oakley told the New York Post on Saturday following his release from jail that he was minding his own business when team security approached his seat. Dolan would later insinuate that Oakley had a problem with alcohol abuse, a claim that Oakley vehemently continues to deny. I want them to apologize to the fans.

"It is beyond disheartening to see situations involving members of the National Basketball Association family like the one that occurred at Madison Square Garden this past week", said Silver. "I love the fans in NY".




But perhaps Dolan and Oakley merely sitting down can lead to something positive in the future.

"There was an offer extended evidently ... and Oakley didn't accept it because he's still hurt", Francesa said. "I told him yesterday".

On Wednesday Oakley attended a Knicks game and sat just a couple of rows behind the owner.

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