The NBA was concerned enough about the hostility between Knicks owner James Dolan and former player Charles Oakley that commissioner Adam Silver decided to step in.
Silver recruited Hornets owner Michael Jordan, a friend and contemporary from Oakley's playing days, to get on the phone and help smooth things out.
The drama erupted last Wednesday when Knicks security forcibly removed the franchise great from Madison Square Garden. He was subsequently arrested.
In an official statement from the NBA, Silver said both sides exchanged apologies and Dolan called off banning Oakley from MSG.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement today regarding the situation involving Charles Oakley and Madison Square Garden pic.twitter.com/T8cmFx6tmV— NBA (@NBA) February 14, 2017
The incendiary comments exchanged between Dolan and Oakley drew significant negative media attention in the days following the altercation.
Several players and celebrities also condemned the Knicks for their treatment of a cornerstone of their own franchise in the 1990s. LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade were among the influential current players to side with Oakley.
Oakley maintained that he did nothing to warrant being dragged out of the arena in the first place, while the team claimed he behaved abusively and may have been intoxicated at the time.