Charles Oakley blasts Knicks owner James Dolan, compares him to Donald Sterling

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Charles Oakley has had his lifetime ban lifted from Madison Square Garden by New York Knicks owner James Dolan, but the two don’t appear to be on speaking terms any time soon.

Speaking with SI’s Maggie Gray, Oakley compared Dolan to former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, said Dolan’s insinuation he was an alcoholic was out of line, and said he preferred jail to the Knicks acting nice to him.

“He’s way out of line,” said Oakley. “If I had those types of problems, someone would have came forward and said something about me to say ‘He’s right’. He’s trying to paint me as a different person. I’m not that guy.”

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green recently said that Dolan had a “slavemaster mentality”, and when Gray asked Oakley to respond he said he felt Dolan was an issue waiting to happen for the league.

“He’s a control freak. He’s got everybody in the Garden on pins and needles,” said Oakley. “The other owners know this … they’re going to end up letting something happen like what happened to the LA Clippers. It’s that bad and they won’t talk about it.”

Oakley also felt that he thought the meeting that occurred between himself and Dolan in Adam Silver’s office — with buddy Michael Jordan conferencing in — was not meant to end the issue between them. Rather, Oakley felt the meeting was for the league to save face heading into the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.

The former Knicks big man also said he didn’t want the league or Dolan to get a pass for trying to reach out and help him with the situation.

“I’d rather go to jail.”

Robin Lopez and T.J. Warren exchange contact, heated words (video)

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Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.

Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.

Lakers blow 5-on-1 fastbreak (video)

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Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.

Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.

But at least the Lakers won.

Did Reggie Jackson distract Jimmy Butler into missing game-tying free throw? (video)

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With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.

Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.

Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.

Bulls’ Kris Dunn dunks on T.J. Warren after savvy/explosive halfcourt drive (video)

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Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.

T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.