Former Houston Rockets forward Corey Brewer spoke about the Danuel House incident, which got him suspended and brought negative attention to the team.
For many, Houston Rockets forward Danuel House was an example of the importance of persistence, resilience, and belief in oneself. House went undrafted despite being an All-American during his final season of collegiate play.
In addition, House found himself on four different NBA teams through his first three seasons, and was waived by the Golden State Warriors, who didn’t believe he held enough value to play spot minutes on the second unit. House had a stellar showing during his 2018-19 cameo with the Houston Rockets, as he made 41.6 percent of his threes, which was a team-high.
House’s representation and the Rockets had a contract standoff, which forced him to miss a number of games throughout the 2018-19 season, as he was demoted to the G-League. The Rockets eventually awarded House with a long-term deal at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, which meant he was finally getting rewarded for his hard work.
House purchased a new home for him and his family and he appeared to have finally found a permanent landing spot. House averaged 10.5 points during the 2019-20 season, and posted career-highs in blocks, steals, assists, and rebounds, while also making 36.3 percent of his threes.
House was able to prove his value to then Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, who gave him an increased number of minutes during the playoffs. But just as soon as House’s career goals seemed to be materializing, they came tumbling down when it mattered most.
House was withheld from more than half of the Rockets’ Western Conference Semifinals matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers, and very few people knew or understood why at the time. It was later determined that House broke the NBA’s bubble protocol by having an unapproved visitor in his hotel room, which was verified by door data, which suggested that House opened the door to his hotel room while a female visitor was inside of the Rockets’ Grand Floridian hotel.
House was coming off a Game 2 performance in which he had 13 points on 42.9 percent from the floor and made 50 percent of his field goals. The incident was embarrassing for the Rockets as an organization, not to mention for House’s family back in Houston, and Rockets superstar James Harden didn’t hold back when asked about the House incident.
Harden on the Danuel House situation: "Very, very disappointing. And it affected us. Obviously we still had to play the series. But it affected us. The distraction, and he was a huge part of our rotation."
— Anthony Duckett (@a_duckett) September 13, 2020
The national media had alot to say about House’s involvement in the scandal in the days that followed and rightfully so. Longtime NBA veteran Corey Brewer recently voiced his opinion on the matter as well.
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