Phil Jackson, the Lakers and Bulls ex coach, is affianced to Lakers executive Jeanie Buss.
Jeanie, is the descendant of Los Angeles Lakers holder Jerry Buss and his ex-wife JoAnn Mueller. She published on Thursday night on Twitter and added a photo of her left hand with a diamond ring on her finger.
Twitter family — Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted ! 🙂
I’m beyond happy.
I really didn’t want it to be news, but I knew people who followed me on Twitter cared about it and I’ve been wearing the ring since Christmas, so I figured I should let people know.
The 67-year-old Jackson and 51-year-old Buss are a couple since 1999, and live together in Playa del Rey, a beach town near the Lakers’ head office in El Segundo, California.
This will be Jackson’s 3rd marriage and he already has five children and seven grandchildren.
Buss said there is no date set for a wedding yet.
Their connection happened over a vodka gimlet at a dinner after a time-consuming day of NBA meetings in Vancouver in 1999 and persisted the following day on a flight back to Los Angeles.
As the first-class passengers were called, I asked if she was going to board the plane, but she said she flew coach, explaining that flying first class wasn’t necessary and that the Lakers didn’t need the added expense.
Let’s just say that was the beginning of something special.
Their bond has always been open, and had the approval of Buss’ father.
If you would’ve asked me if he was the typical guy I would date, I would’ve said, ‘Never.’ I didn’t see it coming. But he just bowled me over. There was just something about him.
Buss understood Jackson, ‘Zen Master,’ would never want to get wedded again, and learned to agree to that because their relationship ‘transcended distance and their professional circumstances.’
After Jackson retired, she wrote:
When Phil and I said our goodbyes as he embarked on his Australia trip, I was sobbing, feeling that was the end of our relationship. Phil told me, ‘You have to have confidence in our love.’ The only confidence I had was drawn from the fact that we had spent so much time together. Still, it was with pure dread that I faced the future.
Then a wonderful thing happened. We missed each other. He would call me every day, and it seemed the farther we were apart, the closer we grew to each other. Our love wasn’t about the convenience of time and space, but a connection of our hearts. I had never experienced such a complete bond with someone. I knew then that we were going to make it.
Buss in public has all the time maintained she would have no trouble with Jackson coaching another NBA squad.
A relationship isn’t just about space. It’s about emotion and heart and all those good things.
You can follow Jeanie on twitter here
Jeanie Buss is the daughter of Los Angeles Laker owner Jerry Buss. She is now the Executive Vice President of Business Operations of the Lakers. She studied in USC and has a BA major. She posed nude for Playboy magazine in 1995, and two years later she posed naked for Sports Illustrated. She used to date tennis star John McEnroe before dating Phil Jackson. She has three siblings two brothers and her sister Janie, but two more brother from her father’s relationship with Karen Demel