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Knicks lift ban on Charles Oakley, but he wants apology

The Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green has waded into the James Dolan-Charles Oakley feud by accusing the Knicks owner of a "slave master mentality" and triggering one of the more embarrassing chapters in team history. Adam Silver said that James Dolan and Charles Oakley were both apologetic about the incident and their negative impact on the Knicks team as well as the National Basketball Association. Jordan, a close friend of Oakley's, participated in the conversation by phone.

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said the Oakley issue has been a distraction for his players. "That's not classy at all", Green said, referring to discussion of a potential drinking problem. Green said his issue was that Dolan was fine with Oakley's take-no-prisoners approach when the rugged forward was intimidating opponents in his playing days, but that the owner couldn't handle it when a retired Oakley had occasion to criticize the oft-struggling Knicks.

Dolan announced the ban during an interview with ESPN Radio on Friday, though he said he hoped to see Oakley return someday.

Oakley, a fan favorite, has received support from many current and former players in recent days after the incident at Madison Square Garden.

Since then, Oakley and the team have gone back and forth in the media about exactly what led up to him being arrested and charged with three counts of assault. Oakley believes he has been shunned by Dolan and the Knicks for making critical public statements about the organization. It said both Dolan and Oakley apologized for the fallout from Wednesday's situation.

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Oakley didn't appear to care that the ban was lifted.

Green was relentless when talking about what he perceived as Dolan's disrespect toward Oakley.

"Yeah, for us, it is another thing this year that has been a minor distraction", he said.

However, in an interview with the New York Daily News later in the day, Oakley was still hurt over Dolan and the Knicks intimating last week that he's an alcoholic following the scrap with MSG security. It's been a lot. You're doing it for me, it's all good, but now you're doing it against me - or not necessarily against me, but you're speaking out against my organization - it's not good anymore? If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.

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