Sunday , May , 03 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Game seven win proved Boston Celtics’ Eddie House is a legit NBA player

After starting out with Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers, House was traded to Charlotte in the summer of 2004. With the expansion club his career hit a crossroad. Two weeks before Christmas, Bobcats’ coach and GM Bernie Bickerstaff called House in for a meeting, where he waived the young pro, and, to top it off, told him he wasn’t an NBA player …

Game seven win proved Boston Celtics' Eddie House is a legit NBA playerFor years, Eddie House wasn’t NBA material. From 2000-2005, he filled out rosters and hoped for an opportunity. 

Last night’s performance was ironic. House was a perfect five-for-five from the floor, scoring 16 points in 22 minutes. Best of all, he hit a late three-pointer to help seal the win and series for Boston.

The combo guard, who every franchise passed on at the 2000 NBA Draft, may have been the difference in a historic playoff series. Saturday was years in the making.

After starting out with Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers, House was traded to Charlotte in the summer of 2004. With the expansion club his career hit a crossroad. Two weeks before Christmas, Bobcats’ coach and GM Bernie Bickerstaff called House in for a meeting, where he waived the young pro, and, to top it off, told him he wasn’t an NBA player.

Happy Holidays.

There were stops in Milwaukee and Sacramento before finding a home with the run-and-gun Suns. House, playing regular minutes and near his college stomping grounds at Arizona State, had moments in Phoenix, averaging 10 points per game in Mike D’Antoni’s ‘Seven Seconds to Shoot’ system.

Goodwill wasn’t enough. And the desert became another audition. The thrifty Suns passed on re-signing him and it was off to the swamps of Jersey. After an up-and-down year, Boston came calling and House, seven years into his career, got his first true opportunity.  

Playing off ‘The Big Three’ of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, House got open, spotted up, and knocked down easy jumpers. Even though they won the 2007-08 NBA Title, House never got his due. A deadly shooter, he was seen as the Celtics’ Achilles heel because he couldn’t fill the backup point guard role.

Last night answered all questions and silenced all doubters. House had the courage to take, and make, big shots. He is an NBA player. In fact, he’s a pretty good one.

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