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FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2011 photo, Charlotte Bobcats assistant coach Charles Oakley watches from the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Charlotte, N.C. A person briefed on the discussions tells The Associated Press that Madison Square Garden has lifted its ban of Charles Oakley. The person who spoke to the AP on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, on condition of anonymity because the discussions were to remain private says the former Knicks star who was arrested at a game last week is welcome back at the arena. Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Oakley on Friday, two days after the former power forward had an altercation with security guards while attending a game.

NEW YORK — Charles Oakley is allowed back in Madison Square Garden.

The former New York Knicks star's ban from the arena has been lifted, a person briefed on the discussions told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

MSG chairman James Dolan banned Oakley last week, two days after the former power forward had an altercation with security guards while attending a game.

But the sides reconciled, helped by a meeting Monday at NBA headquarters with Commissioner Adam Silver and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan. Jordan and Oakley were teammates in Chicago before Oakley was traded to New York, where he became a fan favorite with the Knicks from 1988-98.

Dolan then decided Oakley is welcome back at the arena, the person told the AP on condition of anonymity because the discussions were to remain private. ESPN.com first reported the decision.

The Knicks said they had nothing to add beyond a statement Monday from Silver, who said both sides were apologetic and thanked them for working toward a resolution.

Oakley was a popular player in New York but his relationship with Dolan became strained after his criticisms of the team and its management. The Knicks stopped providing him with complimentary tickets and inviting him to team functions.

Oakley still attended a few games a year on his own, including last Wednesday's, when he was seated a few rows behind Dolan and was surrounded by security in the first quarter. He shoved a couple of security officials before he was pulled away and handcuffed.

Dolan announced the ban during an interview with ESPN Radio on Friday, though he said he hoped to see Oakley return someday. Dolan said he believed Oakley had anger or alcohol issues he first needed to address.

The Knicks are on the road this week for their only game before the All-Star break. They don't play at home again until Feb. 25.

Dolan welcomed back another estranged former Knick, Latrell Sprewell, on Sunday for the team's most recent game. Sprewell hadn't been back at MSG since 2004 following his falling out with the owner.