Pressey welcomes the new guard competition

Pressey welcomes the new guard competition
July 1, 2014, 3:45 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — The Boston Celtics drafted a point guard in Marcus Smart last week. They have an incumbent at the position in four-time all-star Rajon Rondo. They have made overtures towards some of the most promising playmakers available via free agency, including Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas.

And did we mention Boston has every intention of re-signing Avery Bradley, a restricted free agent who at times has played the point?

It creates an extremely crowded backcourt, one that leaves Phil Pressey potentially on the outside, looking in.

Pressey, who signed a multi-year free agent deal with the Celtics after he went undrafted in last year's NBA draft, has a contract that's non-guaranteed for this season..

"Whenever you have someone at your position, you feel like, 'what's going on?'" Pressey said. "It's competition. The more you compete, the more the team gets better and guys really getting after it. Every year in, somebody else is going to come in your position or somebody else's positions; just keep working, trying to get better."

Pressey added, "Competition, that just makes you better. When you got guys on the same level, trying to reach one thing; we're trying to win. Competition is no problem for me. Everybody is just trying to get better. It doesn't matter who is on the court. We're all basketball players and the most important thing is winning."

And for Pressey, continuing to show improvement is also important.

"I feel great," Pressey said. "I just have to keep proving myself. There's a chip on my shoulder since Day One. It's not gonna change. I just have to keep working on my game and try to win as much as possible. That's all I can control."