It is early yet, but whenever I start to write down Phil Pressey's name, I have to think for a second. "Is it Paul or Phil? Oh yeah, Phil." I'm sure I'll get it straight before too long. If all goes according to plan, Phil will be making his own name and Paul will be known as Phil's dad. (Note: if you have no idea who Paul Pressey is, then you are probably a bit younger than I am. Which come to think of it, is probably a lot of you at this point. Here's some background. Turns out, he was the original Point Forward (well before Scottie Pippen).
And while the younger Pressey's talent certainly was the key to him being signed by the Celtics this summer, lessons from his father played their role as well. "He knows what it takes to play at this level," the younger Pressey said of his father Paul, an 11-year NBA veteran and former Celtics assistant coach (2004-2006). "He gives me insights on what he saw throughout his years." And those words are just part of the narrative that has taken Phil Pressey from the disappointment of not being drafted last June, to potentially being in the Celtics rotation -- possibly as a starter -- this season depending on when Rajon Rondo returns from his torn ACL suffered in January.
I admit that I don't know a ton about Pressey's game, but I'm looking forward to learning more this season. It certainly seems like he'll have every opportunity to prove himself early and often.