CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Knicks legend Charles Oakley might not be welcome at Madison Square Garden but he’s welcome at Quicken Loans Arena.
Oakley sat between Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and notable Cleveland attorney Fred Nance on the baseline near the Cavs bench during Thursday night’s 119-104 win over the Knicks at The Q.
Cavs forward LeBron James was happy to see Oakley, who attended Cleveland’s John Hay High School in the early 1980s, courtside for the team’s 40th victory of the season.
“It’s always great to see him,” James said. “He’s like an uncle of mine. To actually just to see him and be a part of this tonight meant a lot to us.”
Nance invited Oakley, who is feuding with Knicks owner James Dolan and was arrested following a Feb. 8 incident at Madison Square Garden, to the game.
Oakley, a Cleveland native, was banned from MSG by the Knicks indefinitely following the scuffle that saw him get into an altercation with Knicks security during their game against the Clippers before he was arrested and removed from the arena by police.
Oakley was charged with misdemeanor assault and trespassing.
The Knicks allege that Oakley, who was seated a few seats from Dolan, was abusive to team employees leading to his ejection and arrest but Oakley has denied the accusations. Since then Dolan suggested in a radio interview that Oakley has a drinking problem.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver met with Oakley and Dolan with the assistance of Hornets owner, and friend of Oakley, Michael Jordan to try and calm the tensions between the two. Following the meeting Dolan lifted the ban but Oakley has yet to return to The Garden.