Ain’t love grand?! It is for Jeannie Buss who took to Twitter to announce her engagement to famed NBA coach Phil Jackson:
Buss is the daughter of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and the Lakers’ executive vice president of business operations. The 51-year-old has been in a relationship with Phil Jackson for over ten years, and to her surprise, he popped the question over the Christmas holiday. According to Yahoo! Sports.com Buss told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles that they had, saying that she was “beyond happy” to be getting hitched to the “Zen Master.”
Why is she surprised? Well, Jackson has been married twice already and she fully understood that he probably didn’t want to marry again. In a 2011 interview with Forbes she talked about their relationship:
You live and work with Phil but have no plans to marry. Why not?
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.
So it seems Phil Jackson will be with the Lakers after all. Why coach the team when you can marry into ownership?
Your Jersey Girlfriend,