Jeanie Buss president and co-owner of the Lakers and New York Knicks President Phil Jackson have called off their four-year engagement.
Jackson announced the decision by posting a joint statement with Buss on Twitter.
“With mutual love and respect, we have decided to end our engagement,” the statement read. “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 added on Twitter: “The love of my life is the Los Angeles Lakers. I love Phil & will always. It’s not fair to him or Lakers to not have my undivided attention.”
Buss and Jackson met during the 1999-2000 season, when Jackson first began coaching the Lakers. They got engaged in December 2012, a year after Jackson’s last season coaching the Lakers. Two years later, in the spring of 2014, Jackson began his career as an NBA executive as the Knicks president.