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Report: Phil Jackson called Michael Jordan to try calming Charles Oakley

The Grand Gala VIP Reception Held At The Muhammad Ali Center

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04: NBA basketball legends (L-R) Allen Houston, Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley pose at the Muhammad Ali birthday celebration and VIP Reception during the events for the 133rd Kentucky Derby, May 4, 2007 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)

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As Charles Oakley fought with Knicks security last night, Knicks president Phil Jackson tried to calm Oakley.

When that didn’t work, Jackson apparently turned to his former player -- Michael Jordan, a longtime Oakley friend from their time as teammates with the Bulls. Joran and Oakley were so close, Jordan brought Oakley to the Wizards during his second comeback.

Stephen A. Smith on ESPN:

Phil and others felt he was completely out of control. My sources told me he picked up the phone. He called Michael Jordan, because if there’s one person in the world who can get through to Charles Oakley and calm him down, it is Michael Jordan. But Michael Jordan, from what I’m told, was unable to reach Charles Oakley because, by that time, Charles Oakley had been arrested and removed from the Garden and had his cell phone confiscated at the time. So, he couldn’t be reached.

Typical Phil Jackson, delegating to someone else.