NBA Knicks President Phil Jackson, Lakers President Jeanie Buss Call Off Their Engagement


Love and basketball don’t always mix.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers president Jeanie Buss have announced on Twitter that they are calling off their engagement. The pair got engaged on Christmas Day in 2012 and had been dating since 1999.

“With mutual love and respect, we have decided to end our engagement,” Jackson, 71, and Buss, 55, wrote in a joint statement. “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 retweeted Jackson’s message from her own account and wrote, “Nothing but love and respect for this man.” She followed up by sharing her devotion to her team.

“The love of my life is the Los Angeles Lakers,” Buss said. “I love Phil & will always. It’s not fair to him or Lakers to not have my undivided attention.”

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Stephanie Petit