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|Scot Pollard, center, Boston Celtics, shoots a free throw as a member of the Cavs last season. (Photo Courtesy of NBA.com)|
On Thursday, August 9, the Celtics officially announced the signings of center Scot Pollard and guard Eddie House. Both players arrived in town on Wednesday, and took physicals Thursday before inking their contracts. They were introduced to the media, and both appeared excited about their new opportunity.
In House, the Celtics get a proven guard with excellent 3-point range. Last season with the Nets, House shot 42.9% from beyond the arc, which was good for 10th in the NBA. He also shot 91.7% from the free throw line. With House, the Celts rounded out their bench with a superior shooting talent.
Pollard is going to be of some help up front to Kendrick Perkins, who is currently penciled in as the team’s starting center. Primarily a role player last season on the Eastern Conference Champion Cleveland Cavs, Pollard has gone through 9 post-seasons in his career with Sacramento, Indiana, and Cleveland.
Pollard hopes he can help the Celtics back to the post season for the first time since the 2004-2005 season. “This is a team that from, definitely on paper and from the personnel that you see, not just on paper but the way they are,” said Pollard. “The way this veteran group is going to be together, it definitely looks very good.”
Pollard Thursday confirmed that he’s going to try to woo former Pacers teammate Reggie Miller out of retirement. “(I’m going to try to) track him down and see if I can get a hold of him and talk him into that,” Pollard said. “If I can be any part of that, I’d be happy to.”
House and Pollard will look to fill in some holes on the bench left by the 7-for-1 deal that brought in forward Kevin Garnett, and a separate deal that brought in guard Ray Allen. Celts GM Danny Ainge brought in both Garnett and Allen to play with franchise player Paul Pierce, in efforts to bring the Celtics back to their glory days. A winner of a record 16 NBA championships, the Celtics have not tasted glory since 1986.