Former LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson is engaged to the team’s Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss. The Hall of Fame coach proposed on Christmas day.
Buss announced the news on Twitter writing, “Twitter family – Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted!” with a photo of her diamond engagement ring.
The couple have been together since 1999. In previous interviews, Buss said she didn’t think they would ever get married.
“I wanted to get married. That’s who I am,” she told Forbes in 2011. “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 a while to understand that, and I’m fine with it now. We’ve been together for over 10 years. This relationship has been my longest and most successful. So I’m very happy.”
Buss and Jackson have not announced a wedding date. It will be his third marriage.