New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Lakers president Jeanie Buss have ended their engagement, the couple announced on Twitter.
“With mutual love and respect, we have decided to end our engagement,” Jackson noted in a tweet.
A Jackson-Lakers reunion never seemed less plausible. 11, but he and Buss sat on opposite ends of the Staples Center court.
Jackson, who has five children from two previous marriages, does own an opt-out clause in his Knicks contract for after this season but has declared he won’t exercise it unless there’s a work stoppage. Jackson, who reminds everybody he owns 11 rings, may get a 12th if Buss gives back the sparkling one she once flaunted on Twitter with the message: “ Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted!
Phil Jackson isn't going to leave Knicks for Lakers: Jeanie Buss Jackson then signed a five-year, million deal with the Knicks and has mostly been a disappointment – along with a PR headache — amassing a 65-128 record while stubbornly trying to install his triangle offense.We have shared many wonderful moments through the years, and we expect to remain supportive of each other in the future.” Buss retweeted the statement and added, “Nothing but love and respect for this man.” “The love of my life is the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s not fair to him or Lakers to not have my undivided attention,” she tweeted.The two began dating in 1999 and became engaged around Christmas in 2012.Ever since Jackson agreed to owner James Dolan’s offer to return to the Knicks, the team he won two championships with as a player in the 1970s, to run their basketball operations in 2014, his relationship with Buss has made for uneasy feelings on a variety of levels.The most obvious is the fact that two of the top decision makers of two of the league’s marquee franchises were in a relationship together, an unprecedented situation for the NBA to have to navigate.In the foreword to Buss’ 2010 memoir, “Laker Girl,” Jackson wrote that she and Buss first bonded while waiting for a delayed flight from Vancouver, B.