Charles Oakley accepts 1-year ban from MSG as criminal charges dismissed

Charles Oakley won’t face charges in his long-running dispute with Knicks owner James Dolan, but he will be banned from Madison Square Garden for a year under terms of a deal agreed to Friday.

Despite saying he would fight the charges filed against him in the wake of a scuffle with arena security during a Feb. 8 Knicks game at the Garden, Oakley accepted a deal that will see all charges dismissed and excised from his record if there are no further incidents for six months.

Fultz and Ball are the highest-rated rookies to enter the NBA 2K series since 2010. That year, John Wall was drafted No. 1 by the Wizards and received an Overall rating of 81 in NBA 2K11. Even the likes of Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns began with ratings below 80 since then.

With a rating of 80, the two guards land in a range that considers them to be similar to many established players in the league. There are only 16 point guards rated above 80, so they land right in the middle of the pack among starters.

NBA 2K18 will let you play through a story as a general manager, joining its other story-based mode which is centered on being a player. The game will release on Sept. 15 to those who pre-order. Shaquille O’Neal is featured on the two pricey special editions of the game, which will be sold for $150 and $100, and Kyrie Irving is on the cover of the standard edition.

There’s a fine line to toe when it comes to actually implementing rules on player rest. Used as a means to avoid fatigue and limit injuries, putting the health of the players first is a tricky issue to try to regulate. With a new collective bargaining agreement ratified in December, any rule changed would have to be litigated under the current CBA. It would also likely involve each side come to some sort of compromise.

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