Messi is clutch. Michael Jordan was clutch to a degree that makes him alien. But sport is also filled with players who, at times when nobody else has any interest in making a difference, step up. They aren’t necessarily great players, but they are possessed of an extraordinary concentration and motion control.
When the Chicago Bulls were in danger of losing to the Los Angeles Lakers because Jordan kept trying to win the game himself, the team’s coach, Phil Jackson, asked Jordan, “Who’s open?” Jordan said, reluctantly, hesitantly, “Paxson.”
Now John Paxson was a journeyman, a jump shooter and hard-nosed defender who pretty much was a specialist. As talented players go, he was pretty much fit to carry Jordan’s luggage. But Paxson was possessed of concentration and a single-minded specificity that made the moment immaterial. So Jordan fed him, and Paxson buried the jump shot. Jordan fed him again, and Paxson buried the jump shot. And again. An athlete doesn’t have to be great to be clutch. But there is a psychology necessary to enable them to see out a complex situation. http://myfifashop.mobi/