Phil Pressey's journey to the NBA

Phil Pressey's journey to the NBA
March 2, 2014, 1:00 am
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Phil Pressey didn't get much attention before the Celtics started the season. The undrafted free agent guard out of Missouri was an afterthought, with the focus on the loss of starting point guard Rajon Rondo, who wouldn't play until January as he recovered from knee surgery.

Still, Pressey had won a spot on the team and a multi-year contract after impressing the Celtics in Summer League Play.

"I knew from the beginning [Celtics president of basketball operations] Danny Ainge my game," Pressey told Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely. "But me living in Boston, in Waltham actually, it never crossed my mind that I'd be playing with the Celtics."

Ainge was familiar with Pressey's father, Paul, who played in the NBA for 11 seasons and was a Celtics assistant coach who joined Doc Rivers staff in 2006. That's when Phil lived in Waltham, Mass.

Pressey has made his presence felt as a backup point guard with the Celtics. He had 10 assists in his first start Jan. 15.

His NBA dream realized. Pressey has even found himself depicted in NBA video games. Well, sort of.

"When I go undrafted, I thought I won't be in the [video] game. But hey updated the game, I was in there, but they got the picture of some other guy who's not me. At least get my right picture," he said. "But I'm not complaining. I know it'll happen sooner or later."

As a rookie, Pressey knows it's just a matter of waiting for his opportunity.

"Whatever minutes I play, I have to make the best of it," he said. Me playing behind Rondo I can learn a lot. Even though I'm playing behind him, in games, in practice and in the weight room I have to put in as much work as if I was playing everyday."