Boston Celtics Great Bob Cousy Honoured with Medal of Freedom
On Thursday afternoon, U.S. President honoured one of the more legendary Boston Celtic and NBA greats.
Praising him as “one of the all-time greats in the history of the sport”, Donald Trump presented 91-year old Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cousy, who played for the Celtics from 1950 to 1963, is widely recognized as the game’s first true point guard. During his illustrious career, he went onto win six NBA championships and an MVP award in 1957.
“This acknowledgment allows me to complete my life circle,” Cousy said during the Oval Office awards ceremony. “I can stop chasing a bouncing ball. The Presidential Medal of Freedom allows me to reach a level of acceptance in our society I never once ever dreamed of.”
Today, the Bob Cousy Award is given to the country’s best point guard in the collegiate level. His No. 14 jersey is currently hanging in the rafters at TD Garden. Cousy now joins golfer Tiger Woods as the second Medal of Freedom winner this year and the tenth honouree during Trump’s presidential tenure.
The Medal of Freedom celebrates those who offer “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 endeavours.”
Congratulations to the Celtics legend!