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Phil Jackson

I Feel Kobe Bryant's

Church Pain

8/20/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson has been keeping himself busy in his retirement ... shopping, swimming and even following Kobe Bryant's church drama.

The zen master and his GF Jeannie Buss were leaving the Rochester BIg and Tall store in L.A. yesterday -- 'cause he's friggin' 6'8" -- when we asked if anyone has ever tried to sneak a photo of him in a private moment.  

His answer probably won't surprise you ... but we're guessing when it happens to Phil, dude probably handles the situation like a champion ... an 11-time NBA champion.

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