President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Freedom to legendary NBA player Bob Cousy during a ceremony at the White House on Thursday.
Trump welcomed Cousy, a former member of the Boston Celtics, to the Oval Office on Thursday afternoon to award him the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Trump recognized Cousy for his NBA career in addition to his work organizing the NBA Players Association and as a leading advocate for racial equality.
“Throughout his career, he was a voice against prejudice racism and bigotry,” Trump said during remarks in the Oval Office. Trump called Cousy an “all-time great” and an “inspiration to us all.”
Cousy thanked Trump after receiving the medal, joking, “If I’d known I was going to be eulogized I would probably have done the only decent thing and died for you.”
He choked up as he spoke about his family and called Trump “the most extraordinary president in my lifetime.”
Cousy, 91, played 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics in the 1950s and 60s, leading the team to six NBA championships and winning the title of Most Valuable Player in 1957.