I am not a big Jordan fan. For one I think he should sell suitcases with all the traveling he has done. But.......Jordan could have made a living selling home improvements. I am assuming the Pacers did not get a chance to match the offer for one of two reasons. Bird pushed his hand and said absolutely no way would they go less years, which I find odd, or Charlotte gave Lance a one time offer after a long wine, dine, and sales pitch, take it now or the deal is off the table. A wannabee superstar like Lance might find MJ hard to say no to in that situation, but still, Larry is the one who pulled him up by the boot straps and put up with the bs in the growing process. I am disappointed, I thought Bird was a closer too.