Posted April 26, 2013

Phil Jackson and Lakers EVP Jeanie Buss get engaged

Ben Golliver, Jeanie Buss, Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson
Jeanie Buss posted this photo of a diamond ring on her Twitter account. (@JeanieBuss)

Jeanie Buss posted this photo of a diamond ring on her Twitter account. (@JeanieBuss)

By Ben Golliver

Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson and longtime girlfriend, Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, are engaged.

Buss announced the development on her Twitter account on Thursday night by posting a photo of a massive diamond ring on her left ring finger with the message, “Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted!”

TMZ.com reported Thursday that Jackson and Buss were engaged on Christmas Day. CBSLA.com also confirmed the engagement.

Jackson, 67, won two title as a player and added 11 rings as a coach, including five with the Lakers. Buss, 51, is the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss and the sister of executive vice president Jim Buss.

Jeanie Buss told Forbes in 2011 that the couple had dated for more than a decade but that Jackson wasn’t particularly keen on the idea of marriage.

I wanted to get married. That’s who I am. Phil is of a generation that probably would have been happier never getting married. He just doesn’t want to get married again; it’s not that he doesn’t want to marry me. It took me awhile to understand that, and I’m fine with it now. We’ve been together over 10 years. This relationship has been my longest and most successful. So I’m very happy.

Back in November, Jackson was linked in rumors to a return to the Lakers bench after former coach Mike Brown was fired following a 1-4 start.  Jim Buss and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak reportedly met with Jackson before hiring Mike D’Antoni. Jim Buss became the target of serious criticism from Jackson’s agent and longtime assistant Kurt Rambis for the Lakers’ handling of the negotiations. Lakers legend Magic Johnson also called out Jim Buss for making “critical mistakes” in hiring Brown and D’Antoni over Jackson.

Jackson, who has been retired since 2011,  has said that the possibilities of a return to coaching are “slim and none.” That hasn’t stopped his name from popping up in rumors linking him to the Nets, who fired coach Avery Johnson and appointed assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo as an interim coach in December.

Photo via @JeanieBuss

4 comments
thndrfan12
thndrfan12

Jim Buss snubbed Phil on the coaching job to keep him out of the Buss/Laker empire.  So Phil said "i"ll show you, Jimmy boy" and decided to marry Jeannie.  Get what, Jimmy boy?  Phil is going to be part of the Buss Family.

joshua33nelson
joshua33nelson

Guess they wanted to get married before Phil died of old age.

mroutt66
mroutt66

Wow..I would love to be a fly in the Buss family dinners with Phil amd Jeanie there. After rudely dimissing the only guy who could have salvaged the laker season, watching Pau and Dwight leave the team next year, and the possible trade of Kobe if both leave, I would say that they need to get Phil on the Laker bench as soon as possible. He's family now Jim!

Brad8
Brad8

 @mroutt66 Kobe cant be traded, why does everybody always forget that? and Pau isnt a free agent until after the 2014 season so hes not leaving them unless hes traded.