Jeanie's More Loyal to Phil than Family

Sports Illustrated

Her father owns the team, her brother runs it, and her longtime boyfriend directs it, but Jeanie Buss' loyalty is with the coach. 

In an email to the Post, Jeanie Buss writes that if Phil Jackson wants to leave the Lakers and head east, possibly to the Nets, she's cool with it. Her father, Jerry, wants Jax to take a huge pay cut.

"I don't know how things will work out," Buss wrote. "I am hoping the Lakers win and everything stays status quo, but the one thing I do know is that I am not going to stand in Phil's way if he wants to go to another team."

There had been speculation that an East Coast move would be a no-no for the couple.  Not so, says Buss. "I don't control him -- if I did I would have a ring on my finger, but I am not going to threaten to break up with him if he takes another job."  The Nets have denied rumors they're pursuing Jackson, but the man with 10 (non-wedding) rings has said he'd like to have a vodka with MIkhail Prokhorov.

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