On Thursday in the Oval Office, President Donald Trump presented Jerry West with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Jerry is NBA legend both as a player and as an executive. He is currently working with the Los Angeles Clippers as an advisor.
West was amazed at how chasing basketball has led him to be among the recipients of the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is now in the same class with sports figures such as Muhammad Ali.
Trump said that West deserves the honor, and cited his humble beginning in West Virginian University Which led him to Lakers. He also mentioned his support for military veterans and even charity work in LA.
In his basketball career, he helped Lakers win the NBA Finals nine times. He was also named an All-Star every season in his 14 years stay in Lakers. West has also coached Lakers for three seasons after which he moved to the front office; he was inducted in the NBA Hall of Fame in 1979.
West grew up in West Virginia as a teenager. He played basketball in high school and university. He became devoted to basketball in varsity where he scored 900 points in one season and helped his team win the 1956 state title.