Prsident Trump presents Medal of Freedom to former Boston Celtics point-guard Bob Cousy | ABC News

Prsident Trump presents Medal of Freedom to former Boston Celtics point-guard Bob Cousy | ABC News
Prsident Trump presents Medal of Freedom to former Boston Celtics point-guard Bob Cousy | ABC News
What is a very exciting day, so wonderful to have you in the Oval Office with your family and your friends? Thank you very much, and thank you all for being here in the Oval Office at this very joyous occasion. Today is my privilege to present our nation’s highest civilian honor to a beloved basketball legend and a true American original Robert Cousy, commonly known as Bob Cousy Bob congratulations on receiving the presidential medal of freedom to highest award. You can receive. We have the presidential medal of freedom and we have the Congressional Medal of Honor military and straight to be with you. We’Re grateful to be joined by Senator Joe manchin and his wife, Gail and Joe called me up quite a while ago and suggested this idea and Joe I’d like to. Maybe if you could just go to, I say a few words about your relationship with Bob. This present, thank you. I had the great pleasure of meeting this, but I’m glad you, many years ago, through my dear friend, Andy and Johnny codella family and we were standing. I’Ve been friends for a long time. We were talking – and you start talking about this about Tuesday, so I could forever and anything reduce me to him and I’m in and we start talking and not buy anything. But some of his friends said this is something that basically is fired for so having lunch and we were talking and you and yours and your personal fashion. I said that there’s a gentleman I think you always consider for his high Ward, and you said to who that man, I said, don’t remember, very well give us the number will call you made the phone call back there. He was going to take the phone calls. He thought someone said this: was the White House called the present want to speak to you to all the friends that was this whole family and all these people grow up with Bob and kuzno. It’S been a team effort to make this happen. Out of this happen very much, thank you Gail, very much for being appreciate. It also with us are many members of the Koozie family, including Bob’s daughters, marry Cindy and Murry. Where are you now? Where are you hello, folks? Congratulations: it’s a big deal and his grandchildren, Zachary and Nicole. Thank you. Congratulations and his sons of all Randy Bruce and Joseph and their good sons-in-law. I assume Barbara no complaints Street in an apartment without running water in 1941, at the age of 13, Bob picked up a basketball for the very first time he devoted himself to the sport and soon hold that unique ability to play equally well with both hands. Yet a very unique town did equal ability with both hands play. I won’t ask you whether or not that’s true. Is it true, so so pretty pretty unique, don’t ever be predictable, not for basketball for other things, by a senior year of high school Bob was named. Captain of the general Americans, all-scholastic came and people started, calling him the Houdini of the hardwood started. It’S called talent and you either have it or you don’t in 1946, Bob enrolled at College of the Holy Cross and join the Crusaders where he quickly built a large following of fans in one of the biggest games of sophomore year. His coach, for whatever reason, benched him. I bet that’s the only time that ever happened. The team was behind by seven points, with only five minutes left to play. It was a very, very important game. When the fan started going crazy, we Uzi, we want floozies lot of fans to 8,000. That’S a lot of that time. The coach had no choice but to put bobbin in the game, and Bob immediately went on to score 12 quick points leading his team to a epic come from find Victory, and I don’t know if the coach kept his job or not. But I don’t know what you think Joe. I think I would have gotten rid of the couch by the end of his collegiate career, the wizard of Worcester. What is a 3, I’m all Americans and was on his way to being drafted into the NBA. Everybody was talking about him. They were talking about him all over the country, joining the Boston Celtics in 1950. Bob quickly established himself a the preeminent point guard of his day. He was ranked number one in assists for eight of his 13 NBA seasons of all of which were spent with the team known as the Boston Celtics. Great team buy a second season: who’s, the third highest score in the league in a legendary 1953 playoff game between the Celtics and the Syracuse Nationals, Bob demonstrated exceptional Griff and one of the roughest games in the history of bad boiling threading. 107. Fouls. That’S a lot of fouls the game into its first of four overtimes and propelled the way to Victory scoring a record 50 points. Boston won by quite a bit because he just went wild in that last overtime in 1954 for major Americans he was elected the association’s first president and fought for better working conditions and a more reasonable schedule for players. Bob’S activism helped him produced many notable reforms, including a pint plan for NBA players. Bob was also a passionate advocate for equality and justice at Holy Cross. He wrote his senior thesis on the persecution faced by Menards play for the Celtics Bob heard that his friend Chuck Cooper, the first African-American drafted into the NBA, could not stay in the same hotel in the leaving the state with his teammates. And he wasn’t a happy person and he became very happy because what happened after that is very legendary. Bob was right at the Forefront throughout his long career. Bob was a voice again Prejudice, racism and bigotry after 1026 games for the Celtics and 73 points and made 7882 since they were records at the time he was a six-time NBA champion 813 time. Nba All Star well and was also League MVP, is was the first NBA player to be on the cover of Sports, Illustrated in 1973. He coached the US national team to Victory against the Soviet Union. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1971 and later became the first inductee to serve as its he coached, the Cincinnati, Royals and briefly reactivated in 1969 setting the record for the oldest person to play in the NBA. I am I allowed to ask how old that was I’m having a senior moment with the president. I think it was 41 very good as pretty good over the years and countless charitable causes. He was named brother, the year 1965 youth basketball and created a scholarship for underprivileged children. So incredible life make sure the history of sports, not just basketball and an inspiration to us all in today, America honors and celebrates everything that you have achieved you’ve achieved so much and even Beyond basketball. It is my privilege to a the military aid to read the citation, as we present Robert Bob Koozie, with the presidential medal of freedom. Please, Robert Joseph Bob Cousy is 1A basketball, all-time greatest players during a 13 Seasons with the Boston Celtics. The Houdini of the hardwood confounded opponents and was instrumental in building the team into Missouri success. Nba championship with the Celtics for a straight years was a 13-time All-Star and won the NBA’s most valuable player award in 1957. He fought for racial equality by standing up to racism directed at his teammates, and he helped organize the NBA Players Association. In 1971. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in the United States. The competitiveness and character have solidified him as a distinguished athlete and American. Thank you very much. Thank you very much. If I’d known, it was going to be eulogized blind, I think I think the good Lord of headed once too often and he’s ready to tell one of his ass. I think that sucker want to come. I know in your world you’re well on your way to making America great again in my world, it’s been great for 91 years only in America, I’m here to say that I’m easily the most fortunate lucky SOB on a planet fabricator. I discovered some god-given skills to play a child’s game and landed without much of a model calls with other than at the College of the Holy Cross. Then, and now one of the finest liberal arts schools in the country about. Why are we here? What’S up advise maximize your god-given skills in the areas of your choice and then reach out in your community help in any way you can those who are less fortunate, those who need a boost and to the best of my ability, I tried to do that and I’D like to think that the good Lord has a warded, my feeble attempts by surrounding me at this point in my life. At this wonderful event, I have my back my two wonderful grandchildren who introduced you guys, one more time, two loving daughters, both with devoted partners and both will hold me and make sure that I take my pills on time. I can’t ask play identify, but I would like to pay special tribute to my friends and I’d. Like my daughters, Maria, I know you took one valve to the quick wave guys they are both retired schoolteachers, both with distinguished careers and education and both wonderful replicas of their mother. Sorry about that Missy who put up with me for while trying and her way to make the world a better place, so is exhibited a good fortune. I refer to why we here this afternoon. This acknowledgement allows me to complete my life circle. I can stop in our society. I never once never dreamed up and it’s very special for two other reasons. It allows me to join one of the most exclusive clubs on our planet and, secondly, Mister president and I’m sorry by the most extraordinary president in my lifetime and I’ma, be all that before Roosevelt anyway. Thank you. Thank you to all my friends and family. Thank you for your attendance and your attention piece. I just want to say that cuz when I was beautiful and congratulations to the family and all your friends and the last one last great athlete to get it was Tiger Woods about 3. He did a great job. He he just something the people that was impossible and he won the Masters and he he was something so well, you’re, very good company people. As you know the past, I’m going to give you two aside. Okay – and I just wanted to congratulate Bob and his family, and thank you all and Joe thank you for that reference. That was a reference when Joe manchin call Center dimension. He said that have an idea, Bob Cousy, I said, but you don’t have to think about it, what to think about it. I know his life. I know how great an athlete he was out. Thank you very much for that reference and that we’re very proud of Bob Cousy. Thank you. Thank you for the congratulations. Jobs numbers revision, 500,000 for jobs know the job numbers have been really good. We have unemployment data level that it hasn’t been had for many many years. Fantastic number World economy, not so good, but the economy has been really fantastic. Thank you very much. Everybody
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