Knicks’ Phil Jackson, Lakers’ Jeanie Buss call off 4-year engagement

12:41 AM ET

LOS ANGELES — New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss have separated after a long engagement, according to a joint statement Jackson posted to his verified account Twitter account on Tuesday night.

“With mutual love and respect, we have decided to end our engagement,” the statement began. “With the nature of our professional obligations and the geographic distance between us, sustaining the relationship has been difficult. We have shared many wonderful moments through the years, and we expect to remain supportive of each other.”

Buss later tweeted from her verified account, referencing Jackson, “Nothing but love and respect for this man.”

In a follow-up tweet, Buss wrote, “The love of my life is the Los Angeles Lakers. I love Phil will always. It’s not fair to him or Lakers to not have my undivided attention.”