Eddie House was born on May 14, 1978 in Berkeley, California and is the son of Edward and Debbie House. He has two brothers, Diallo and Mychal. He was married to Charlsie Bibby during his rookie season with Miami in 2000-01 and they have three sons, Jaelen and twins Kaden and Kalek. Jealen was a fixture on the Celtics bench this past year. Charlsie is the sister of the Hawks' guard, Mike Bibby, and his father-in-law is former NBA player and Southern California head coach Henry Bibby. He has two dogs named Passion and Rizzo. He loves watching movies and has an extensive collection of DVDs.
House attended Hayward High School in Hayward, California. Their official mascot is the Farmer, which dates back to Hayward's agricultural roots. After high school, House went on to Arizona State, where he played 4 years.
He finished his four-year Arizona State career as the school's leading scorer with 2,044 points, and also the school's all-time steals leader with 258. He was just the second player in Pac-10 history to notch 2,000 points and 250 steals with Gary Payton being the other. He did not miss a game in his 124-game career with the Sun Devils. His toughness was never in doubt, as in his junior year he broke his jaw in practice on October 22, 1998, and had it wired for the first six games. Living on a diet of milkshakes and soup he averaged 19.3 points, including a 31-point effort vs. Kansas State when he played all 45 minutes of an overtime game. He scored 39 points versus UNLV in the first game back from having the wires removed. In his freshman season (1996-97), he suffered chipped teeth and had to get three root canals following a 2 p.m. game in the Great Alaska Shootout, but he had seven three-pointers the next day vs. Maine in a noon tip-off. I guess he and Paul Pierce have a lot in common. House set a single-game Arizona State record with a 61-point effort in double-overtime against the University of California Golden Bears on the road in his senior season.
House was selected by the Miami Heat in the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft with the 37th overall pick. He played 3 seasons for Miami from 2000 through 2003. In those 3 seasons, he averaged 6.8 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. He signed with the Clippers for the 2003-'04 season ans averaged 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 19.8 mpg over 60 games.
In the 2004-05 season, he played for 3 different teams. He was traded to Charlotte in July and started the season with them, playing in 13 games before being waived in December. He was picked up off waivers by Milwaukee but was waived by them in January after playing in only 5 games. He was once again picked up off waivers, this time by the Kings and finished the season with them, playing in 50 games. Over the year, he averaged 6.3 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. He signed a one year contract with Phoenix in September of 2005 and played in 81 games for them averaging 9.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 17.5 minutes off the bench. He signed with the Nets in August of 2006 and played in 56 games averaging 7.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 16.9 minutes per game. He had a rough end of the season for the Nets. He suffered food poisoning on March 27 but played in the game on the 29th and in that game suffered a concussion when he was fouled on a layup attempt and the back of his head appeared to land on a photographer's knee. He also suffered a partially torn hip muscle and was out for the remainder of the regular season.
He was picked up before last season to back up Rajon Rondo at the point. House is a combo guard and there were a kit if questions as to whether he could play the point effectively, even though he had played the position previously. He played very well all season and played very well behind Rondo at the point. When the Celtics signed Sam Cassell in March for the stretch run and the playoffs, Eddie House was the forgotten man and was relegated to the playing behind both Rondo and Cassell.
Eddie showed a lot of class in that he never complained although he helped them to the best record in the league and then was all but forgotten when they got to the playoffs. But, a funny thing happened on the way to the Finals. Sam wasn't effective and Doc once again turned to Eddie, who was ready to play and helped the Celtics to win the title.
As the offseason began, it appeared as though House may have been the odd man out as the Celtics were offering the MLE to James Posey. But, when Posey signed with the Hornets, it didn't take long for the Celtics to ink House to a 2 year deal. Eddie brought instant offense off the bench last season as well as being a very decent back up point guard. We can expect more of the same this season as he has been working in the off season to improve his shooting and skills. One thing we know for sure, House has the concept of Ubuntu down and no matter when Doc calls him, he will be ready to contribute.