The former Los Angeles Lakers coach has asked longtime girlfriend Jeanie Buss, who is the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, to marry him.
Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is engaged after 12 years of dating the daughter of his former boss, Jeanie Buss.
Jeanie Buss, the daughter of Lakers majority owner Jerry Buss, showed off her enormous emerald cut engagement ring via Twitter with the caption: “Phil finally gave me the ring I wanted.” Uh, sounds romantic, right?
It might be a bit awkward for the Lakers family now that Jackson is technically unemployed. Jackson began his coaching career with the Lakers in 1999 after coaching the Chicago Bulls and retired in 2011.
However, he was asked to come back for the 2012-13 season — the current season — but before he reached a decision, the Lakers decided to hire former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni (the D’Antoni/Lakers deal is worth a reported $12 million).
In a curious case of events, now Jackson is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets — formerly the New Jersey Nets — to take over as head coach. What seems uncertain is how his engagement to Jeanie Buss will affect his career.
Jeanie Buss, 51, is the executive vice president of business operations for the Lakers. A graduate of USC, she posed naked for Playboy magazine in 1995 and Sports Illustrated in 1997. Jeanie, born in 1961, is 16 years younger than Jackson, who is 67.
We can tell she isn’t shy given her naked profile photo on her Twitter account with two very expertly placed basketballs over her chest. If you’re curious, her Twitter account is filled with pictures of her and Jackson, Lakers basketball players, family, and her Maltese.
Congratulations to Phil Jackson on his overdue engagement to Jeanie Buss!