Trump to honor NBA legend Jerry West with Medal of Freedom
President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to famed basketball player Jerry West in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon.
West — also known on the court by the nickname Mr. Clutch — will be the sixth professional athlete to whom Trump has presented the medal, the highest civilian honor in the US.
“In the years that followed he was to become a legend and made plays that will be remembered forever. I know many of them,” Trump said during the award ceremony. “Today, the silhouette of Jerry West is displayed on every uniform, court and basketball in the league.”
A silhouette of West during a Lakers game was the inspiration for the NBA’s logo.
West was drafted by the Lakers in 1960, shortly before the franchise relocated to Los Angeles. He played for the team as a point guard and shooting guard until 1974, during which he became a 14-time NBA all-star and helped lead his team to the NBA Finals nine times. He was also a