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Ex-Warriors exec Jerry West given Medal of Freedom by President Trump

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Former Warriors executive board member Jerry West received the nation's highest honor Thursday.

President Donald Trump presented the decorated former NBA player and executive with the Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House.

"It never ceases to amaze me the places you can go in this world chasing a basketball," West said during the ceremony.

While West is known for his Hall of Fame playing career, he's also made a name for himself as a front-office executive over the last four decades.

West joined the Warriors in 2011 and helped the franchise end their 40-year NBA championship drought in 2015. Following Golden State's title in 2017, West left to take a similar job with the Los Angeles Clippers.

West might have had a hand in Kevin Durant picking the Warriors in 2016. On July 3 of that year, Tim Kawakami reported that West and Durant spoke on the phone. The next day, Durant announced he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Bay Area.

West is the sixth athlete to receive the Medal of Freedom from Trump, joining Bob Cousy, Tiger Woods, Alan Page, Roger Staubach and, posthumously, Babe Ruth.

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The list of other athletes to receive the honor includes Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Arthur Ashe, John Wooden, Roberto Clemente,, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Willie Mays, Michael Jordan and many, many more.

"I swear, my name is going to look like a misprint on this list," West said.