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Phil Jackson to GF

Will You Be My Asst Coach

... For Life?

1/3/2013 5:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former LA Lakers coach Phil Jackson has finally popped the question to his longtime girlfriend Jeanie Buss -- after 12 years of dating -- but the real question ... could this affect the Zen Master's possible coaching gig with the Brooklyn Nets?

Our Lakers source tells us the engagement went down on Christmas day, but Jeanie -- daughter of Lakers owner Jerry Buss -- didn't reveal the ring until moments ago.

She posted a pic of the huge rock on Twitter with the caption ...  "Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted!"

Jeanie Buss Engagement Ring

Jeanie obviously has massive Lakers connections -- however Phil's currently being courted to take over as head coach of the Nets ... which might be a conflict of interest.

So we gotta ask ...

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Laughing at celebrities is fun.    

Did she eat something sour or is she just that ugly?

635 days ago
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TNastyFunktown    

What a lame headline, lol.

635 days ago
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kerrplunk    

Hes Zen Master Phil! Dude can bang Baby Buss and coach the Nets. Big deal..

635 days ago
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patsfan4life    

Basketball royalty will be at this wedding if it's a big one. Maybe Denis Rodman will be in dressed in drag and serve as a bridesmaid

635 days ago
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Truth is    

12 yrs?!? What took him so long?!? For ring?!? To be divorced?!? Goodluck

635 days ago
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bernergirl    

At his age, finding someone as a life partner would be more rewarding, he's already proved himself on the basketball court. But guessing because he didn't want to be married while coaching, he won't take the Nets job.

635 days ago
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Anonymous    

Good for both of them.
I Wikipedia'd her, but it redirects to her father's Wikipedia page. I was VERY impressed: Her father got a Ph.D. in Chemistry from USC at age 24.

635 days ago
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Nostradamus    

A beautifully designed and crafted ring.
How refreshing.
Sick of seeing the gaudy karat race.
Quality over quantity ladies!

635 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

...all I can say on this one is..they have been together for 12 years..awesome..wish them well....ring or not..life is short..go too sleep with a content tummy and not a lump in ur throat...

635 days ago
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gutsygirl    

Jeanie is 16 years younger than Phil. but played basketball and is V.P. of the Lakers. She is also disarmingly nice. Wish them well.

635 days ago
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crimsons    

Who? And who?

635 days ago
12.

Throwback kid    

That must be weird for Jeanie Buss to watch her wrinkled crusty looking fossil of a father dating girls 15 years younger than her and 3 times as hot as her.

635 days ago
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USA#1    

Any fool can get married. A championship ring is much harder and a true achievement.

635 days ago
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Antsixsixsix     

He's a hot silver daddy.

635 days ago
15.

ray    

option #3,,,who gives a crap about this old has been fart.

635 days ago
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