NBA news: Legend Bob Cousy receives Medal of Freedom, calls Donald Trump 'the most extraordinary president in my lifetime'
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Legend Bob Cousy receives Medal of Freedom, calls Donald Trump ‘the most extraordinary president in my lifetime’

President Donald Trump has hardly tried to hide the fact that he chooses many people to be in or recognized by his administration due to their personal approval of him. Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy knows that, and it’s exactly why he was one of several supporters of Trump who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday. Still, even after being given the award, Cousy couldn’t help himself from showering Trump with praise.

Cousy won six championships with the Celtics in the late 1950s and early 1960s, playing sidekick to Bill Russell – not just one of the greatest basketball players ever, but an athlete whose role in civil rights is held in the highest esteem. A 13-time All-Star, Cousy was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971.

The 91-year-old recently told Deyscha Smith of Boston.com that he will be voting for Trump in 2020.

“Given this situation, this President will definitely have my vote in 2020,” he said. “I simply feel, without getting into the politics of it at all, like many Americans — I agree with some of the things he’s done and disagree with others.”

Trump’s approval rating currently stands at 38 percent nationwide, according to a new poll released Thursday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

Cousy, who says he voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in 2016, is in a minority of NBA players and coaches past and present who support Trump and his administration. The President has publicly chastised multiple members of the NBA family since his inauguration, including a tweet in which he called out LeBron James’ supposed lack of intelligence.