We have shared many wonderful moments through the years, and we expect to remain supportive of each other in the future.'ESPN reports that in Buss' 2011 book, 'Laker Girl,' Jackson explained 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.'As the first-class passengers were called, I asked if she was going to board the plane, but she said she flew coach, explaining that flying first class wasn't necessary and that the Lakers didn't need the added expense,' Jackson writes in the foreword to the book.
'Let's just say that was the beginning of something special.' ESPN reports that in Buss' 2011 book, 'Laker Girl,' Jackson explained 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 (pictured together in 2013)In an interview with ESPN 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. There was just something about him.'Throughout the book, and in subsequent interviews, Buss has said she assumed Jackson, has been nicknamed the 'Zen Master,' would never want to get married again, and learned to accept that because their relationship 'transcended distance and their professional circumstances.'After Jackson retired following the 2004 season, she wrote: 'When Phil and I said our goodbyes as he embarked on his Australia trip, I was sobbing, feeling that was the end of our relationship.
Our love wasn't about the convenience of time and space, but a connection of our hearts.
They had dated since 1999, and had been engaged since 2013, and it really seemed like it was their NBA positions that forced them to call off their engagement in December.A Jackson/Buss reunion with the Lakers might have been better suited for a Hollywood script than the pragmatic world in which Buss operates. Jackson’s run atop the Knicks has been far from smooth and he has fallen out of favor with many of the league’s top players because of controversial statements. • RELATED: Heisler – Now that Warriors are built, can Lakers have Jerry West back?“Jerry West was the single biggest influence on me, from when my dad bought the team,” Jeanie Buss said this month.Jim Buss told SCNG last week that it would be a “big mistake” to make changes in the front office unless the Lakers are once again among the league’s worst teams. then you know what, I have to take a look in the mirror for sure,” Jim Buss said.Given the Lakers’ signs of life with a young core – despite losing 13 of their last 15 games, including Tuesday’s 102-100 loss to Utah – Jim is unlikely to leave voluntarily.They cited “professional obligations" and "geographic distance"—both of which were related to Jackson’s role as president of the Knicks and Buss’ role as president (and part-owner) of the Lakers.