Trump presents Medal of Freedom to NBA's Jerry West

President Donald Trump has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to pro basketball great Jerry West

Trump says West "richly deserved" the medal for his years as a player, general manager and supporter of the nation's war veterans.

The 81-year-old West noted his humble beginnings growing up in West Virginia and where sports has taken him, saying "it never ceases to amaze me the places you can go in this world chasing a basketball."

Last month, Trump awarded the medal to 91-year-old basketball great Bob Cousy. Earlier this year, golfer Tiger Woods received the same honor.