Oakley, Dolan move toward truce in meeting with Silver

By Joe Rodgers 14 February 2017 11675
Oakley, Dolan move toward truce in meeting with Silver

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.

Silver, Dolan and Oakley met on Monday, with Michael Jordan joining via telephone, the NBA announced. 

Jordan, the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, is one of Oakley's former team-mates and friends who wants to see the spat come to an end.

"Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments and their negative impact on the Knicks organisation and the NBA," Silver said in a release. "Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG [Madison Square Garden] as his guest in the near future."

Dolan and the Knicks have engaged in bizarre 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.

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 NBA and added yet another ring to New York's circus this season. 

NBA players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, J.R. Smith and Chris Paul have expressed their support for Oakley, who spent 10 seasons with the Knicks and was an All-Star in 1994.

Former Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller also supports Oakley and asked why any potential free agent would want to play for an owner who "treats past greats like this".

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