Phil Jackson Has Put A Ginormous Diamond Engagement Ring On Jeanie Buss' Hand
Summary of 4 articles · Updated Jan 4, 2013
Jeanie Buss says there is no date set yet. Buss later confirmed the engagement to ESPN.com, saying she received the ring at Christmas and she's "beyond happy.'' The retired coach, who won 11 NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls, is engaged to longtime girlfriend and Lakers executive Jeanie Buss. Jackson, who won two NBA championship rings as a player with the New York Knicks and a record 11 title rings as a head coach with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, has been romantically involved with Buss, daughter of Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss and the Lakers' executive vice president of business operations, since shortly after he took the Lakers' reins in 1999. In Buss' 2011 book, "Laker Girl," Jackson explained that their courtship began over a vodka gimlet at a dinner after a long day of NBA meetings in Vancouver in 1999 and continued the next day on a flight back to Los Angeles. "Let's just say that was the beginning of something special."