WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump presented 91-year-old basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, praising the former Boston Celtics star as "one of the all-time greats in the history of sports."
Trump spoke of Cousy's childhood during the Great Depression and discovering his talent for basketball at a young age.
Still, Cousy lamented in Gary Pomerantz's biography "The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End" that he didn't do more for his black teammates, including 2011 Medal of Freedom recipient Bill Russell.
Trump credited West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin for suggesting the medal be given to Cousy.
Cousy is the second Medal of Freedom recipient this year.
During the awards ceremony, Cousy said the medal was made all the more special because it had been presented by the "most extraordinary" president in his lifetime.
"I know in your world, you're well on your way to making America great again," Cousy told the president.