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Eddie House
Eddie House
Position: None
Born: 05/14/78
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
How frightening can retirement be? This frightening: Tuesday, former Miami Heat guard Eddie House found himself trying to stand as a voice reason amid a televised debate with Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith. Perhaps that’s why, even 34 and one year removed from the NBA, House doesn’t consider himself truly retired. “I’m still working out. I’m waiting to get a call,” he said this past week by phone after leaving ESPN’s studio. “If I get one, I get one. I’ll be ready. But if I don’t, just trying to open up other doors. Hopefully something good happens.”
This is what happens when injuries get in the way, when a defined role no longer is defined, when a new kid in town like Terrel Harris comes along. So Eddie’s back home in Scottsdale, Ariz., recovering from that Nov. 1 procedure on his left knee, waiting for the next chapter. “It’s funny, I talked to Dwyane like three days before they actually made the announcement,” House said this past week by phone of a conversation with Dwyane Wade. “I was telling him, ‘There’s really nowhere for me to play.’ I want to play my last couple of years. It was not like I can’t.”
In a surprising move, the Miami Heat kept two free-agent rookies on their final, 15-player roster, instead opting to waive veteran guard Eddie House. Mickell Gladness, a shot-blocking center out of Alabama A&M who spent time with the Heat in the team’s 2010 summer league, and Terrel Harris, a former Oklahoma State standout who went undrafted in 2009 and had played in recent years in France, Germany and the NBA Development League, both made Erik Spoelstra’s cut.
Eddie House chose to opt in for the final year of his contract, because he felt he had “unfinished business” and didn’t want to “venture into the unknown” of the lockout. Now he’s facing the unknown of his recovery from minor knee surgery. House had his left knee scoped on Nov. 1st, to clear up issues that appeared on an MRI. He said that it could be “2, 3, 4 weeks,” and will be careful not to return too soon, because a setback could mean missing even more games than usual, due to the condensed schedule.
Miami Heat guard Eddie House said Wednesday he was not proud about being fined $25,000 by the NBA for what the league deemed an “obscene” gesture, but also was not embarrassed by the episode. House was sanctioned Monday by the NBA for the crotch-related gesture in celebration of his go-ahead 3-pointer late in Sunday’s nationally televised road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I was very surprised, the first time being fined,” House said after Wednesday’s practice at AmericanAirlines Arena, his first expansive comments on the fine. “I’ve always followed the rules and stuff like that. It was just the emotion of the game.”
Going into Wednesday night’s game against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena, the Miami Heat veteran 3-point specialist had been held out of the previous two games and appeared for a total of 24 minutes in the three games before that. “I’m just as baffled and dumbfounded as everybody else,” he said after Wednesday’s shootaround. “It’s not like I played myself out of the rotation. My numbers don’t look like, ‘OK, I could see why.’ “
There was in-house hostility, too. Heat guard Eddie House wasn’t willing to forgive Cavs guard Boobie Gibson for the events that led to double technical fouls in the late fourth quarter, and that standoff nearly segued into the worst of postgame scenes. House, who could be heard saying “When that (expletive) turns the corner I’m putting my hands on him,” sat in the hallway near the Heat locker room having to be talked out of attacking Gibson. Carlos Arroyo, Jamaal Magloire and a number of security staff helped avert this conflict.
Heat guard Eddie House was cleared medically to return to practice, the team said Tuesday night. House, in his 11th season, underwent surgery in June to repair a labral tear in his left shoulder. He likely will work out Wednesday with the Heat, and if all goes according to plan, he will be available for an exhibition game at Atlanta on Thursday. The Heat plays Orlando in Tampa on Friday in its preseason finale. “You want to be out on the court playing, especially if you’re practicing” said House, who averaged seven points last season for Boston and New York.
House, 32, doesn’t figure to do the latter. He came into the league popping his collar, and has never been afraid to pop off, on or off the court. He has more credibility now, after playing a role in Boston’s 2008 championship. His contention is that the critics have nothing else to discuss and, since “negativity sells,” and “no drama’s no fun,” they’re trying to create some. He calls it “messed up” that the stars are being criticized for taking less money to play together. “So, at the end of the day, middle fingers to all the haters,” House said.
Eddie House has heard it, and he’s had it. So when asked Friday what the Heat must do to shut up its swelling, shrill chorus of critics, the veteran guard let them have it. “I think, you know what, honestly, I don’t give a (expletive) about nobody else on the outside,” House said. “It doesn’t matter about anybody out there. I don’t care what their expectations are. We have our expectations and our goals. We are going to achieve them. That’s the bottom line.”
Asked to compare his upcoming experience to when he joined Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen on the 2007-08 championship Celtics, the 3-point specialist somehow managed to elevate expectations. “This is going to be even bigger,” he said. “This is going to be Boston on steroids.” House spoke like someone who appreciated his place in the NBA, as well as his place on the Heat’s roster. “Most of the time, I’m just happy to be living,” he told the newspaper. “I’m doing something I love to do and I get paid for doing it. There’s nothing for me to be upset about when I go to play basketball. I’m living my dream. I’m going to be ready to play when my number’s called, and a guy who never caused any problems in the locker room.”