NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Charles Oakley is going to a Knicks game, and there’s nothing James Dolan can do about it.
Oakley is planning to attend Thursday night’s game between the Knicks and Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The former Knick is a Cleveland native and friend of LeBron James’.READ MORE: Sources: Suspect In Shooting Of NYPD Officers Had Multiple Weapons, Including AR-15 With 20 Rounds Hidden Under Mattress
“Oak will be in his hometown of Cleveland. When in Cleveland, he always tried to attend a Cavs game,” Oakley’s spokesman, Akhtar Farzaie, told ESPN.
Oakley, 53, and Dolan, the Knicks’ owner, became embroiled in a public feud after the former All-Star power forward was forcibly removed from a Knicks game earlier this month, arrested on charges of assaulting security staff and banned from Madison Square Garden.READ MORE: Rangers Stay Red Hot, Take Down Kings In Shootout
The Knicks said Oakley was asked to leave after exhibiting “abusive behavior” while sitting a few rows behind Dolan. Oakley insists he said nothing to Dolan before the incident.
After Dolan and Oakley met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver last week, the Knicks owner lifted the ban and said he hoped to have Oakley attend a game as his guest. But Oakley has not been ready to bury the hatchet, saying he first wants a public apology.MORE NEWS: Knicks' Late Rally Falls Short In Road Loss To Cavaliers
Then in an interview with Sports Illustrated last week, Oakley compared Dolan to Donald Sterling, the former Clippers owner who was recorded in 2014 making racist comments.