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Medal of Freedom live stream: Bob Cousy honored by President Trump

Medal of Freedom live stream: Bob Cousy honored by President Trump

Bob Cousy is already a six-time NBA champion, a 13-time All-Star, an NBA MVP, and a Basketball Hall of Famer.

On Thursday afternoon, he'll add to that impressive list of accolades when President Trump presents him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

The Medal of Freedom celebrates individuals for their "especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the U.S., to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.''

Cousy, 91, was supremely talented on the court, but this award recognizes his stance on racial equality and social justice, especially in the 1950s and '60s. In a recent interview with NBC Sports Boston's A. Sherrod Blakely, he detailed his friendship with Chuck Cooper, and how he refused to stay at the team hotel in North Carolina when it would not let Cooper stay there due to segregation.

Cousy will join Bill Russell as the only Celtics to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom — and he'll be just the fourth NBA player to be so honored, joining Russell, Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Here's how to watch:

When: Thursday, Aug. 22, 4:30 p.m., ET 
TV Channel: C-SPAN
Live Stream: C-SPAN

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Why Pablo Torre believes ex-Celtic Al Horford is 'useless' on 76ers

Why Pablo Torre believes ex-Celtic Al Horford is 'useless' on 76ers

Al Horford joined the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency last summer to be a veteran presence alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid on what looked like a legitimate contender.

But expectations haven't exactly met reality -- in part because Horford and Embiid have mixed like oil and water.

The former Boston Celtics big man has seen his shooting percentage drop from 53.5 percent in 2018-19 to 44.9 percent this season while both he and Embiid have discussed the growing pains they've had sharing the court together.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which begins Thursday at 11 a.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at noon. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

ESPN's Pablo Torre joined NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh on "The Habershow" podcast and cut right to the chase about the Horford-Embiid dynamic.

"The whole, 'Let's break up Joel and Ben' eternal conversation ... we should be talking about breaking up Al and Joel," Torre told Haberstroh. That is the relationship that is irrevocably broken. That's the one that is a non-starter. That's the one that's doomed. We have all sorts of evidence now, but the eye test and statistical, to prove this. ... In no world does Joel Embiid and Al Horford as a pair make sense."

Horford fit well in Boston and thrived in Brad Stevens' system by doing a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor. But Torre believes the 34-year-old doesn't bring much of anything to Philly.

"I just hate watching Al Horford play basketball. I just hate it. It's infuriating," Torre said. " ... We've had four extra months to really contemplate how useless Al Horford is to the Sixers' ambitions. ... Part of it is because (head coach) Brett Brown and the Sixers took forever to admit that he should not be playing with Joel. ... It's just Groundhog Day. It's just endless. I don't hate anyone in the NBA. But I hate watching Al Horford play basketball."

That's a pretty harsh assessment of a five-time All-Star. But as the Sixers stumble into their first-round playoff series against the Celtics without star point guard Ben Simmons, Torre believes Horford's poor on-floor chemistry with Embiid will be exposed.

"When he was with the Hawks, with the Celtics, throughout his very long career, what he could do -- space the floor, facilitate defend -- all real skills," Torre said. "But they're utterly negated when Joel Embiid is the other guy."

Check out more of Haberstroh and Torre's conversation on "The Habershow" here.

How 76ers' Al Horford feels about seeing Celtics in first-round series

How 76ers' Al Horford feels about seeing Celtics in first-round series

Al Horford has been around long enough to know not speak ill of his opponents -- especially when he used to play for them.

Horford's 76ers are locked into a first-round NBA playoff matchup with the Boston Celtics, where he spent three seasons from 2016 to 2019 before signing with Philadelphia in free agency last summer.

So, how does the veteran big man feel about facing his old mates in his first playoff series with the Sixers?

"What are the odds?" Horford told ESPN's Rachel Nichols, adding he's glad the teams will meet in the neutral setting of the NBA bubble to spare him returning to a hostile TD Garden crowd.

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which begins Thursday at 11 a.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at noon. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Celtics fans indeed won't have the chance to boo Horford this postseason, and he's not giving them reason to, anyway. Here's what Horford added to Nichols about the red-hot Celtics:

"In my eyes, they’re playing the best of all the teams in the bubble right now.”

The undefeated-in-the-bubble Phoenix Suns may disagree with Horford's assessment, but the C's are hitting their stride at the right time. They've won four games in a row -- three by double digits -- and routed the defending champion Toronto Raptors last Friday.

The Sixers, meanwhile, have lost three consecutive games since losing All-Star guard Ben Simmons to a season-ending knee injury and appear in danger of flaming out in the first round.

If Horford has any regrets about leaving Boston for Philly last offseason, though, he's certainly not letting on.

"For us, it’s a great opportunity," Horford told reporters Wednesday in a video conference, via The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn. "... It’s part of the business. Obviously, we’ve already played them plenty of times this year so that effect is out of the way, so now we can go out there and compete. It should be a fun series."