By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New York Knicks executive Phil Jackson is no longer in a relationship with Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss. The two have decided their end their engagement.
The couple were together for 17-years and things became tough went Jackson took over a job with the Knicks. He lived in New York, while she lived in Los Angeles.
“With mutual love and respect, we have decided to end our engagement,” Jackson said on Twitter. “With the nature of our professional obligations and the geographic distance between us, sustaining the relationship has been difficult. We have shared many wonderful moments through the years, and we expect to remain supportive of each other in the future.”
Buss is the daughter of long-time Lakers owner Jerry Buss. He is the man, who is credited with bringing Jackson to Los Angeles in 1999.
In his first three years with the team, they won three championships. Years later, he won two additional rings with Kobe Bryant leading the way.
Jackson took over as the Knicks president in 2014. There was speculation that when his option came up in 2017 that he would leave the Knicks and return to the Lakers. Now, that will be tricky, as they’re no longer together.
“The love of my life is the Los Angeles Lakers,” Buss said in a post on Twitter. “I love Phil & will always. It’s not fair to him or Lakers to not have my undivided attention.”