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Ex-Knick Latrell Sprewell returns to MSG, 2 days after Charles Oakley’s ban

After kicking Charles Oakley out of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knicks and James Dolan continue to lose the public-relations battle.

NEW YORK (AP) Former Knicks star Latrell Sprewell has returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years, just two days after Charles Oakley was banned from the building.

Sprewell sat behind the baseline Sunday next to MSG chairman James Dolan, who banned Oakley from the arena after he was arrested last week following an altercation with security while attending a game.

Perhaps to back Dolan’s point that the franchise has strong relationships with almost all its other former players, the Knicks showed a number of them on the video board during their game against San Antonio, including Larry Johnson, Bernard King, Vin Baker, Kenny Walker and Herb Williams.

Sprewell hadn’t been here since Dec. 29, 2004, when he played with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The season before, he had cursed at Dolan during a Timberwolves victory in his first game back after being traded.

Sprewell spent five seasons with the Knicks, helping them reach the 1999 NBA Finals.