NEW YORK — Charles Oakley's MSG ban has been dunked — thanks to a surprising assist from Michael Jordan.
Oakley, the beloved former Knick power forward, was banned from The Garden after a shoving match with security guards. Not even a week later, he can now return to MSG at the invitation of his one-time nemesis — Knicks owner James Dolan. They both patched things up with a little help from another NBA legend.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement Monday regarding the Feb. 8 incident.
"It is beyond disheartening to see situations involving members of the NBA family like the one that occurred at Madison Square Garden this past week," said Silver.
To help smooth things over, Silver met with Dolan and Oakley at the league office on Monday. Jordan participated in the conversation over the phone as a mediator.
"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," said Silver. "Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future."
Oakley was escorted from his seat at MSG and arrested after an altercation during the Knicks' game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Video showed Oakley shove a security guard before they pulled him away from his seat. He was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal trespassing.
A final resolution is not yet in place, according to Silver.
"I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Dolan, Mr. Oakley and Mr. Jordan to work towards a resolution of this matter," Silver said.