NBA Setting Conflict of Interest rules for Phil Jackson-Jeanie Buss relationship

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When Phil Jackson went to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1999, he didn't just find a championship roster with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, he also found love.

Of course, the NBA is a billion dollar sports business, and not a romantic comedy, so Jeanie Buss, the president of the Lakers, and Jackson's current fiancee won't be able to just fly off into the sunset and talk hoops. 

Now that the 68-year old Jackson is back in the NBA as the New York Knicks team president, the NBA discussed the potential for a conflict of interests, concerning the Knicks and Lakers. 

The league has confirmed that it has put rules in place, governing what passes for pillow talk in the Buss-Jackson relationship.

NBA player matters, including trades, and draft strategy have been banned from the list.

Mike Bass, an NBA spokesman, told ESPN that certain parameters have been addressed by the league.

"To avoid even the appearance of a conflict, we have addressed the issue with the Knicks and Lakers to ensure that the relationship between Jeanie Buss and Phil Jackson will not affect how the teams operate," Bass said.

While Jackson's team president role with the Knicks involves making basketball and personnel decisions, Buss' role with the Lakers does not include that. 

Lakers personnel decisions are made by her brother, executive vice president of player personnel Jim Buss, and general manager Mitch Kupchak.

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