In case anyone out there in Celtic Nation is planning to label the honorable Edward L. House II as a public enemy, please do us all a favor and take a minute to reconsider.
During Eddie’s stint as our sharp-shooter off the bench, I fell in love with his fiery intensity and tenacious approach to his role. Time and time again, the Celtics attempted to bring in new personnel to oust Eddie in his position as primary back-up point, whether it was an aging Sam Cassell or a troubled Stephon Marbury. Time and time again, Eddie quietly slung his Reebok’s over his shoulder and endured yet another cut down in minutes. And time and time again, House emerged as the best option off the bench. Whether it was his fiesty defensive effort, or the three-point stroke he is known for, Eddie always found a way to make an impact on the game.
Now ultimately, Eddie House was shipped to the New York Knicks in exchange for current Celtics guard, Nate Robinson. Despite the borderline man-love I displayed for Eddie House earlier in this article, this deal was one I was behind 100%. Nate Robinson simply brought more to the table basketball-wise than House, and Eddie found himself going from role player on a title contender to role player in the basement of the Eastern conference. And I’m assuming he didn’t like that very much. But honestly, would any of us?
This off-season a few rumors arose that the Celtics were looking to possibly to re-add Eddie House as a perimeter scoring option off the bench. Throughout the online Celtics community, many threads came to the surface strongly endorsing the resigning of the once beloved character. Fans thought the idea worked for both sides. “The Celtics need a shooter, and Eddie gets to come back to Boston, so everyone is happy,” gushed many forum contributors eager to reunite for the same reasons I mentioned before.
Ultimately, Edward House made the decision to take his talents to South Beach, and join the so-called “New Big Three” in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh as a member of the Miami Heat. Now Celtics fans have not been shy to outwardly share their displeasure for this newly formed holy triumverate, as well as fume over the media’s overshadowing of our Celtics in the Eastern Conference. Celtics fans do not enjoy taking second-fiddle to anyone, even if they are three of the most talented players in the NBA today. Speculation is speculation until proven otherwise.
Back to the online community. Celtics fanatics were raging over Eddie’s choice of Miami over Boston. “Why would anyone not want to play for the Celtics,” many asked themselves, “we have the best city, the best fans, we have the REAL Big Three and an All-Star point guard. We’re the best and we know it.” But it is times like this that we need to remove our green glasses (excuse my use of cliche) and look at things through the journeyman guard’s point of view.
The Celtics have no place for Eddie House on their team. His role as a spot-up shooter off the bench would be reduced to minuscule proportions. At the age of 32, Eddie is in no way primed for a veteran eye-candy position dressed in green and white. The Miami Heat, on the other hand, were trying to fill out a roster around three dynamic elite players. They needed marksmen to surround their nucleus in order to open up the floor for James, Wade, and Bosh. Both the Heat and the Celtics have legitimate chances at an NBA title coming into this season.
So, take your pick; the team where you won a ring and has three wily old veteran stars, a few up and coming youngsters, and a solidly established rotation that you were omitted from halfway through last season? Or a chance to be a part of a team (please don’t kill me) that has a chance to make history in the NBA with three superstars in the prime of their careers, where what you can bring to the table is a necessity, and all while still bringing veteran leadership to the locker room?
Sorry folks, it seems like a no-brainer to me, and Eddie probably felt pretty similar. At this point, we should not resent Eddie House for making a decision that was inarguably best for himself and his career, but instead remember and appreciate everything he did for us while doning the Celtics uniform.
Eddie, you will always hold a place in Celtics history and I wish you the best of luck in South Beach.