NBA legend Jerry West was honored Thursday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He won championships with the Los Angeles Lakers as both a player and an executive.
On receiving the honour, West said that it never ceases to amaze him the places one can go in this world chasing a basketball and that his name would look like a misprint among the other elite athletes who have been conferred this honour.
Trump said West's honor was "richly deserved." He cited West's humble beginning, a basketball career at West Virginia University that led him to the Lakers and an Olympic gold medal. Trump also noted West's support for military veterans and charitable causes in Los Angeles.
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