Miami Heat guard Eddie House says LeBron & Co. will be the Celtics 'on steroids'
House, 32, knows something about playing with a Big 3, because he won a title playing for the 2007-08 Boston Celtics in their first season with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. The Celtics beat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals in six games.
"I compare [this Heat team] to the year I went to Boston when the Big 3 got together," House told the Arizona Republic. "But this is going to be even bigger. This is going to be Boston on steroids."
This will be House's 11th NBA season and he's played for nine different teams. Despite jumping around, he's made a living off his three-pointers, shooting 39% for his career.
But that title year with the Celtics was memorable. "In Boston, everybody was after us.... We were playing hard-fought games every night. This is going to be even crazier. We're anointed champs [in Miami] from the beginning, and we're not the champions."
House didn't play in the 2010 Lakers-Celtics finals because Boston traded him in February to the Knicks as part of a deal for Nate Robinson. "That stung a little bit," House said, "to get ... sent to a team that has no shot.... That kind of hurt."
-- Barry Stavro
Photo: Eddie House celebrates the Celtics' NBA title after beating the Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in June, 2008. Credit: Los Angeles Times / Wally Skalij.