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Presidential Medal of Freedom: Bob Cousy joins these sports legends

Presidential Medal of Freedom: Bob Cousy joins these sports legends

When Celtics legend Bob Cousy receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Trump Thursday afternoon, he'll join a very exclusive club of athletes and sports greats who have received the nation's highest civilian honor.

Cousy will become only the fourth NBA player to be recognized, joining his teammate Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. 

Here's a list of the sports legends who have been honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom over the years.

BASEBALL

Hank Aaron, 2002
Ernie Banks, 2013
Yogi Berra, 2015
Roberto Clemente, 2003
Joe DiMaggio, 1977
Willie Mays, 2015
Stan Musial, 2011
Buck O'Neil, 2006
Frank Robinson, 2005
Jackie Robinson, 1984
Babe Ruth, 2018
Vin Scully, 2016
Ted Williams, 1991

BASKETBALL

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 2016
Bob Cousy, 2019
Michael Jordan, 2016
Bill Russell, 2011
Dean Smith, 2013
Pat Summitt, 2012
John Wooden, 2003

BOXING

Muhammad Ali, 2005

FOOTBALL

Earl Blaik, 1986
Bear Bryant, 1986
Alan Page, 2018
Roger Staubach, 2018

GOLF

Jack Nicklaus, 2005
Arnold Palmer, 2004
Charles Sifford, 2014
Tiger Woods, 2019

NASCAR

Richard Petty, 1992

TENNIS

Arthur Ashe, 1993
Billie Jean King, 2009

TRACK AND FIELD

Jesse Owens, 1976

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Paul Pierce expects 'loudest boos in league history' when Kyrie Irving returns to Boston

Paul Pierce expects 'loudest boos in league history' when Kyrie Irving returns to Boston

Wednesday's Celtics-Nets matchup should be circled on every NBA fan's calendar as it could mark Kyrie Irving's first game back in Boston since leaving for Brooklyn over the summer.

Irving not fulfilling his promise to re-sign didn't exactly go over well with C's fans, which means there likely will be plenty of boos when Boston's former guard takes the floor.

Danny Ainge said he believes Irving deserves a video tribute and shouldn't be booed, but you'd be hard-pressed to find many Celtics fans who agree.

In fact, Celtics great Paul Pierce said Friday on ESPN's "NBA Countdown" he expects "one of the loudest boos in league history" when Irving returns to TD Garden on Thanksgiving Eve.

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“This has never happened, a player of his caliber saying, ‘I’ll be back,’ and then leave,” Pierce went on to say. “This has never happened. When has that happened with a player of his caliber? It’s never happened. He deserves it.”

Irving's status for Wednesday's matchup remains up in the air as he's missed the last several games with a shoulder injury. He's averaging 28.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists with the Nets this season.

You can watch Irving's return to Boston right here Wednesday on NBC Sports Boston. We'll have you covered with Celtics Pregame Live at 6 p.m. ET, then Tommy Heinsohn and Mike Gorman will have the call at 7 p.m.

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Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets live stream: How to watch online

Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets live stream: How to watch online

The Boston Celtics (11-3) aim to finish their West Coast road trip strong on Friday night as they take on the Denver Nuggets (10-3).

Boston comes off a 107-104 loss in an overtime thriller against the Los Angeles Clippers. Although his team couldn't come away with the victory, Jayson Tatum was sensational dropping 30 points (12-for-24 shooting) and providing an unforgettable highlight at Paul George's expense.

The Nuggets have lived up to their preseason hype as they currently hold a second-place spot in the competitive Western Conference. The Celtics will have their hands full defending the likes of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

Be sure to tune into NBC Sports Boston for Celtics Pregame Live at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the game at 9 p.m. or stream it via the MyTeams app. 

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BEFORE THE GAME: At 8 p.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Chris MannixMike Gorman, Brian Scalabrine, A. Sherrod Blakely, Chris Forsberg, and Abby Chin. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Halftime Live presented by Ace Ticket. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

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