Unless the Knicks receive some form of divine intervention, Phil Jackson will not be coaching the team next season.

"I’m going to be interested in coaching," Jackson said. "It’s whether I can do it or not. ... At this point, I don’t see -- unless the Lord heals me in the next week or two -- I wouldn’t see myself being physically prepared to take on the grind of coaching a basketball team right now."

The new Knicks president revealed on Friday that the prospect of him coaching for one season as a transition period and then handing over the reins to another coach next year has been discussed. But Jackson said he would not be comfortable coaching in that capacity next season.

"That doesn't sit right with me right now," Jackson said.

With Jackson ruling himself out as a candidate, the focus turns to Thunder guard Derek Fisher. Jackson called Fisher "a person that's on my list of guys that could be very good candidates for this job."

However, Jackson made it clear that he's unsure whether Fisher, who is expected to retire at the end of the season, will be willing to coach at this point.

"He's got family in L.A. He's got little kids still in L.A. I have no idea if he wants to move his family and come here," Jackson said. "Those are things that he would have to express. There are so many unknowns."

Jackson lauded Fisher's leadership skills on Friday. Reading between the lines, it's not a stretch to assume the five-time NBA champ is a leading candidate for the Knicks job.