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Friday, January 4, 2013
Phil Jackson and Jeanie Buss are engaged

By Ramona Shelburne

Jeannie Buss and Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson, 67, and Jeanie Buss, 51, have been dating since 1999 and live together in Playa del Rey.
Phil Jackson may not have signed on for another run as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but he's about to join the Laker family nonetheless.

The 11-time NBA champion coach popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, over the the Christmas holiday, and she accepted.

On Thursday, Buss tweeted a picture of a diamond ring with the caption: "Twitter family -- Phil finally gave me that ring I wanted ! :-) "

"I'm beyond happy," Buss told "I really didn't want it to be news, but I knew people who followed me on Twitter cared about it and I've been wearing the ring since Christmas, so I figured I should let people know."

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