Celtics legend Bob Cousy receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump

Celtics legend Bob Cousy receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump

Celtics legend Bob Cousy receives Presidential Medal of Freedom from Donald Trump

During a White House ceremony Thursday afternoon to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boston Celtics great Bob Cousy, the president was reading from written remarks recalling the Holy Cross alum's early basketball-playing days when he encountered the puzzling spelling of New England's second-largest city. The award for the best point guard in college basketball is named after him.

"If I'd known I was going to be eulogized I would have probably done the only decent thing and died for you". He is a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and played a pivotal role in founding the NBA Player's Association. Over that period, Cousy made the All-Star team 13 times. "For me, it closes my life circle. The Presidential Medal of Freedom allows me to reach a level of acceptance in our society I've never once ever dreamed of", Cousy said, adding that the award is "being presented by the most extraordinary President in my lifetime".

Thursday's White House invitation marked the seventh time that a US president has invited Cousy to Washington. Joe Manchin for suggesting the medal be given to Cousy.

Former Boston Celtics player Bob Cousy, seen here this past May, was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Agogo made his global debut for the west African country in 2006 and he went on to score 12 goals in 27 worldwide appearances. Liberty Professionals wrote: "We are saddened by the news of the demise of former Black Stars forward, Junior Agogo ".

The president awarded the medal in the Oval Office of the White House surrounded by almost two dozen family and friends. In my world, it's been great for 91 years.

Cousy, now 91, admitted in a recent interview that he did not vote for President Trump or Hillary Clinton, but rather Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.

"This President will definitely have my vote in 2020", he said. "Only in America could my story've been told".

"I know in your world, you're well on your way to making America great again", Cousy told the president.

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