It was equivalent to a job interview. Metta World Peace, who lives in Beverly Hills, ran up to Phil Jackson’s Staples Center suite during halftime from his courtside seat for a chat Tuesday night during the Knicks’ 127-96 blowout loss to the Lakers.

World Peace is more than a month removed from a Knicks buyout — one he wouldn’t have asked for had he known the Zen Master was waiting in the wings as team president.

World Peace has told confidants he yearns for a second chance as a Knick after his first stint went sour. When asked if the former Ron Artest wants another shot at New York when he’s a free agent this summer, the confidant told The Post:


World Peace spent four seasons with the Lakers — two with Jackson, including winning the NBA title in 2009-10. The defensive forward is seeking a veteran’s minimum deal at $1.4 million. Under the terms of his buyout, The Post reported World Peace received $250,000 of the $1.6 million he had coming. That’s basically the difference between that salary and the veteran minimum he’s hoping to receive.