Jerry West, the NBA legend who followed up his championship playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers by becoming a title-winning team executive, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from US President Donald Trump on Thursday. \u201cIt never ceases to amaze me, the places you can go in this world chasing a basketball,\u201d the 81-year-old West said at the Oval Office ceremony, where Trump praised the West Virginia native as \u201cone extraordinary American.\u201d West won the NBA title as a player with the Lakers in 1972, and won Olympic gold with the United States at the 1960 Rome Games. Known as \u201cMr Clutch,\u201d West was an All-Star in all of his 14 seasons with the Lakers, helping the team reach the NBA Finals nine times. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979 and it is his silhouette that\u2019s the basis of the NBA\u2019s dribbling player logo. His post-playing career has been similarly outstanding. As a Lakers executive, he signed such stars as Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O\u2019Neal to championship teams. He also helped shape the Golden State Warriors into title contenders a task he is currently undertaking as a consultant with the Los Angeles Clippers. As he accepted America\u2019s highest civilian honor West was modest. \u201cI swear my name is going to look like a misprint on this list,\u201d he said.