Legendary NBA figure Phil Jackson may not have landed the Los Angeles Lakers coaching job, but he’s set to join the Lakers family… til death do him part.
According to ESPN.com, the 11-time NBA champ popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, over the Christmas Holiday. She said YES.
On Thursday, Buss tweeted a picture of a diamond ring with the caption (@JeanieBuss): “Twitter family — Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted ! :-)”
At press time, no date has been set for the wedding.
Jackson is 67 and Buss is 51. They’ve been dating since 1999 and still live together in Playa del Rey, California.
As explained by ESPN, Buss explained, in her 2011 book Laker Girl, 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.
In an interview with ESPNLosAngeles.com in November 2011, Buss said of their relationship: “If you would’ve asked me if he was the typical guy I would date, I would’ve said, ‘Never.’ I didn’t see it coming. But he just bowled me over. There was just something about him.”