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Donald Trump presents Presidential Medal of Freedom to Jerry West (VIDEO)

President Trump Presents Presidential Medal Of Freedom To NBA Hall Of Fame Inductee Jerry West

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: U.S. President Donald Trump (R) gives the Presidential Medal of Freedom to National Basket Ball Hall of Fame inductee Jerry West during a ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House September 05, 2019 in Washington, DC. West played for the Los Angeles Lakers for fourteen years, coached the team for three years and managed them to six national championships. He was also a member of the 1960 Olympic gold medal team. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is continuing his run of recognizing American sports greats with the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Trump has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to pro basketball great Jerry West, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, during a White House ceremony.

Trump says West “richly deserved” the medal for his years as a player, general manager and supporter of the nation’s war veterans.

The 81-year-old West noted his humble beginnings growing up in West Virginia and where sports has taken him, saying “it never ceases to amaze me the places you can go in this world chasing a basketball.”

Last month, Trump awarded the medal to 91-year-old basketball great Bob Cousy. Earlier this year, golfer Tiger Woods received the same honor.