Per the report, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and basketball legend Michael Jordan may attempt to speak with Dolan and Oakley on a conference call in an a effort to settle the feud.
After superstars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul spoke up for him, Charles Oakley has another prominent figure in his corner for his battle with Knicks owner James Dolan. The revered power forward from the 1990s insists that he was doing nothing wrong at the time.
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.
Oakley has claimed he was ordered to leave the Knicks game while sitting with friends and simply watching the game.
Dolan and Oakley have feuded for years, but things came to a head Wednesday, when Oakley was physically dragged out of the arena and arrested during a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Clippers after buying a ticket and sitting a few rows behind Dolan. Oakley has maintained that he did nothing wrong, while Dolan has said that Oakley had anger problems, perhaps fueled by alcohol. Dolan himself is a recovering alcoholic.
"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 said. "Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future".
Jordan, a former player and current team owner of the Charlotte Hornets, was in a unique position to mediate between the two men.
Current and former players have stuck by Oakley throughout the incident, and Rev. Al Sharpton threatened to picket if Oakley's ban from MSG wasn't lifted.