Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/3/13
Ex-Laker head coach Phil Jackson is usually in the business of collecting rings. This time, hes giving one away. And that makes his long-time girlfriend Jeanie Buss very happy. No, not one of the 13 NBA title rings he won as player (2) and coach (11). As the daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss and VP of Business for the Lakers, Jeanie has her own collection. This one is a little more personal for the couple. Buss wrote on her Twitter account a few minutes ago: Twitter family - Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted! :-) and added a picture of the sparkling diamond engagement ringan Emerald Cut for those of you who follows such things. Buss and Jackson began dating in 2001 and have been together ever since, throughout his two tenures with the Lakers, during which he coached the team to five championships. So while Phil may have been thrown over by soon-to-be-father-in-law Jerry for Mike DAntoni in the teams latest coaching search, Jackson did nothing of the sort to Jeanie. Jackson has five children and seven grandchildren from a former marriage. It will be the second marriage for both. Buss was previously married in the 80s to pro volleyball star Steve Timmons. It may have been a surprise to Jeanie that Jackson actually popped the question. While doing media interviews in 2010 for her book Laker Girl she told the Los Angeles Times "I know Phil and I are never going to be married," she writes. "I don't think I'll ever be married again." Happily for her, she misjudged her future husband.
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