Leading candidate Steve Kerr met with Phil Jackson for dinner in Manhattan on Friday, making him officially in play for the Knicks’ head coaching vacancy.

“We talked about the coaching position and we’ll keep talking,” Kerr told the Daily News on Sunday on his way into Barclays Center, where he called Game 4 of the Nets-Raptors series for TNT. “I’ve made it pretty clear the past couple of years that I’d like to get into coaching, and now it’s sort of out there. It’s like anything else, you have to explore it and that’s what we’re doing.”

Kerr, who also spoke with Jackson by phone on Saturday, added that his former coach with the Bulls is the sole impetus for pursuing the job to replace fired Mike Woodson after the Knicks went 37-45 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

“It’s the only reason I’m talking to them, I wouldn’t have known anybody else in the Knicks’ organization,” Kerr said. “The fact that Phil took this job was the connection. Of course, he was my coach and I have a ton of respect for him. And I’m honored that he’s talking to me about the job.” Speaking later to a group of reporters, Kerr said no further meetings with Jackson are scheduled but “we’ll definitely have more conversations.” Asked to describe his discussions with the Hall of Fame coach, Kerr declined to get into specifics, but said “we covered a lot of ground and there’s a lot to discuss with a job like this on both ends.”

“It’s the Knicks and it’s Phil Jackson, my coach. So I’d be crazy not to look into it,” Kerr said. “We’ll further the conversation on both sides. But meanwhile I’m really busy with my own (broadcasting) job.

“If that weren’t the case, if I weren’t traveling around and working, this would be a little easier. But because of the schedule, my schedule, and the way everything is sort of unfolding, we got to pick our spots.”

Pressed for details about his discussions with Jackson and about the Knicks, Kerr added, “Any details I’ve got it’s just private and that’s just the way we need to keep it. I respect Phil and his position and he respects me in mine and so we’ll just pick it up from here.”

Kerr, who has never coached in the NBA, also explained why he sought out heavyweights in the profession such as Bill Parcells and his former Arizona coach, Lute Olson, for advice -- as his agent, former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, revealed on Saturday.

“I’ve known for a while, since I’ve left Phoenix as general manager (in 2007) that I wanted to get into coaching,” Kerr said. “I also knew that the mark against me is a lack of experience. I think the general managing experience was huge for me. But I have not had coaching experience. So I’ve done everything possible to try to prepare, short of actually being an assistant (coach). I’ve been working for Turner (Sports), it’s a dream job, I love what I’m doing.

“But I wasn’t gonna take that step to an assistant position, so I’ve tried to do everything else possible to prepare for this. I’ve been training camps with a lot of different coaches. I’ve spent time with (Gregg Popovich) and his staff (in San Antonio)…I went to Bill Parcells last summer. I’m just trying to pick a lot of people’s brains, people who’ve been in the position before and make sure that I’m going in with as much knowledge as I can and as many ideas as I can.”