The engagement between Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss is off. Jackson made the stunning announcement to the world on Twitter, saying in a conjoined statement that the two made the decision “with mutual love and respect.”
Here’s the entire announcement:
Maintaining their long distance and business-heavy relationship seems to have taken a toll on the two NBA executives. Jackson proposed to Buss around Christmas back in 2012, but the two hadn’t made it official via marriage yet.
This is a huge decision for both parties and may even have implications on the basketball operations side of things for the Lakers. It seems even less likely that a return by Jackson is in the future with one of the driving forces in his potential involvement in Jeanie falling out. An already sloppy situation would be a bit more complicated, should that conversation ever arise.
Ultimately it’s surely a sad time for both families, though both Phil and Jeanie have their hands full with two of the largest sports franchises in the world to deal with on a day-to-day basis.
2016 strikes again.