With one tip of their cap, people of all walks of life paid respect to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
Former New York mayor Rudy Guliani. Actor Billy Crystal. Rapper Jay-Z. Even Knicks president Phil Jackson and Lakers president Jeanie Buss.
Both Jackson and Buss, longtime companions, sat side-by-side in the commercial above donning hats representing their respective teams.
The Jackson-Buss dynamic has taken a recently interesting twist beyond appearing in Jeter’s Nike commercial that ends with Michael Jordan tipping his own cap. Both Jackson and Buss competed against each other in pursuing Carmelo Anthony, who decided to re-sign with New York for a five-year deal reported at $120 million. Both Jackson and Buss have publicly downplayed that dynamic, but it appears Jackson’s drawing power has paid off.
It remains to be seen whether Jackson’s vision will fully translate into rebuilding the Knicks. Or if Jeanie and her brother, Jim, will turn the Lakers’ franchise around. But for now, Jackson and Buss enjoyed their time together paying homage to one of baseball’s greats.
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