Phil Pressey is a 27 year old 191 cm point guard playing his sixth professional season and second in Europe and first with Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (Turkey-BSL) currently averaging 7,3ppg, 2,7rpg and 3,8apg in the Turksh BSL league and 6,7ppg, 1,8rpg and 3,8apg while shooting 43% from outside. Last season was his first in Europe as he balled for FC Barcelona Lassa playing 24 games averaging 4.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg;and played 18 Euroleague games averaging 4.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg. He played his first four professional seasons in the NBA and G-League. He played his first two professional seasons with the Boston Celtics totaling 124 games and in his third season played in the G-League with the Idaho Stampede and played 13 games for the Philadelphia 76ers and 9 games with the Phoenix Suns. In his fourth season he played with the Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) playing 49 games averaging 17.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-5(8.0apg), Steals-5(2.0spg), FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 77.2%He began his career at Cushing Academy and then played at Episcopal School of Dallas. He then played at Missouri(NCAA) from 2010-2013 playing a total of 105 NCAA games. In hiss enior season he played 35 games averaging 12.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 7.1apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 73.6%. He spoke to germanhoops.com before an Euroleague game in Bamberg last season and the interview was Temporarily lost, but now recently found again and released exactly how it was made last season.
Phil thanks for talking to germanhoops.com Welcome to Germany. What do you know in general about the country Germany and it´s basketball. Have you been here before?
I do not know much about Germany but really enjoyed the country while I was there
You play Brose Bamberg in a Euroleague game. Would there have been any trash talk between you and Quincy Miller-Scott concerning a certain BIG 12 title game from 2012 if he had been on the floor?
There was no trash talk between me and Quincy, I do not know him very well.
After playing your first four professional seasons in the NBA and D-League, you are playing your first season in Europe and have picked one of the finest organizations in Europe. How is it different playing for a tradition team like FC Barcelona than to a traditional NBA team like the Boston Celtics?
Very similar, FC Barcelona is a great organization and their fans are fantastic. The city of Barcelona really wants their sports teams to do well whether if it’s soccer or basketball. As for the Celtics, their fans LOVE winning. So they will support their team no matter what and playing for the Celtics you really feel the support.
What kind of an overall experience is it playing with FC Barcelona? Do you feel the deep tradition that this club has each day? What has been the coolist experience so far. Have you met Lionel Messi yet?
My experience playing for Barcelona has been great, I have really enjoyed my time since I have been here. My teammates and coaches have made it easy to adjust here. I feel the tradition that this club has everyday when I walk into the gym with the picture on the wall of past championship teams. The best experience I’ve had so far is getting to play at Palau in front of our fans. I have not met Messi yet, unfortunately.
What have you appreciated the most about playing with this team and so many great players. How do you feel will your game progress this season with the style of play that you are getting to know this season?
I have appreciated how supportive the fans and organization have been to me. My game will continue to get better everyday as I adjust to the style of play.
There are many great players on it, but what kind of experience has it been playing with Spanish legend Juan Carlos Navarro. Do you sense a special era on the court and off when he is around?
Playing with Juan Carlos Navarro has been a great experience. He shows us everyday in practice and in games why he is a legend. He is a great guy off the court and is always willing to help if you need anything.
What kind of adjustment has it been for you coming from the States to Europe? In the D-league you were a top player averaging 32 minutes and in the ACB league 11 minutes and one among many great players.
It took a little time to adjust. but, on my team now we have a lot of good players and everyone deserves a chance to play. As long as we win games, I am happy.
What is your goal this season with FC Barcelona besides helping the team win? Are you looking to get back to the NBA again or are you concentrating on a European career?
This year with Barcelona my goal is to win a championship. My mindset right now is to help my team win a championship. I am not worried about what happens next year.
Let´s talk a bit about your game. You’re a smaller type point guard. What point guard did you watch closely growing up and to what NBA player would you most compare your game to?
When I was younger I watched Allen Iverson and Steve Nash. I liked Steve Nash because of his court vision and able to make every player on the court good.
You’re a guy that can fill up the stats sheet, but what do you feel is still a hidden strength in your game that doesn´t get noticed right away on the court?
A hidden strength that doesn’t get noticed I think is my ability to control a game.
Last season you had great stats with the Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League) playing 49 games averaging 17.6ppg, 5.2rpg, Assists-5(8.0apg), Steals-5(2.0spg), FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 33.1%, FT: 77.2%. You definitely deserved an NBA call up. Were you a bit disappointed it didn´t happen?
Yes I was disappointed I did not get a call up.
Your teammate last season Dennis Clifford who plays with Alba Berlin this season was also hoping for an NBA call up last season. Could you imagine him and you being in the NBA down the road?
I would hope so, but right now I am in Barcelona and enjoying every moment of it.
After two seasons with the Boston Celtics, you played your third season with various team bouncing around from the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), released in Oct.’15, later that month signed at Utah Jazz (NBA), in Nov.’15 signed at Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) playing 13 games averaging 4.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.5apg, released in Dec.’15, later that month signed at Idaho Stampede (D-League) playing 32 games averaging 13.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.9apg, Steals-5(2.1spg), FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 72.0%, in Feb.’16 signed at Phoenix Suns (NBA) playing 9 games averaging 2.4ppg, 3.1apg.Was this more a disappointing season for you? Did you get anything positive from this season that made you stronger as a player?
That season made me stronger as a player. Mainly because I was able to play with different teams and learned a lot about each.
You played two seasons with the Boston Celtics. In 2005 you went to Waltham high school and trained at the Boston Celtics training facility and later went to Cushing academy. Would you have ever thought in your wildest dreams that you would play there seven years later?
I knew I would play in the NBA but never would I have thought that I would be playing for the Celtics
As a rookie and played 75 games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.2apg. When you look back on that season and the roster that they had are you more angry or disappointed that you couldn´t crack the rotation better with Rajon Rondo being injured for a long whileboth seasons?
Despite not making a real breakthrough with the Boston Celtics did you learn anything valuable from head coach Brad Stevens?
Brad Stevens is a great coach but even better person. He will only become better and better every year.
You played three seasons at Missouri winning the Big 12 tournament in 2012. What are your fondest memories form this game that still swirl in your mind today?
Playing against Kansas, similar to Barcelona playing against Madrid.
You played three seasons with Michael Dixon who has had a very good European career. What memories do you have of him and how did each profit from each other?
Michael Dixon is a great player. He works hard and is a fantastic teammate.
Thanks Phil for the chat.