President Barack Obama awarded the nation's highest civilian honor to 21 groundbreaking actors, musicians, athletes and others during a ceremony on Tuesday at the White House.
The POTUS - who will be handing over the reigns to Donald Trump in the near future - awarded these individuals because they had touched him in a "personal and powerful way."
Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar NBA's representatives among the illustrious 21 and they received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"These are folks who have helped make me who I am,'' Obama said as the celebration concluded in the White House East Room.
As always, Obama's speech went down a storm and as after starting his early-career in Chicago and a self-confessed huge basketball fan, it was fitting he had a lot to say about His Airness.
"MJ is more than just a logo. He's more than just an internet meme." As if you couldn't write it, Jordan was crying as Obama made the comment.
"There is a reason you call somebody 'the Michael Jordan of,''' Obama said. "The Michael Jordan of neurosurgery or the Michael Jordan of rabbis or the Michael Jordan of outrigger canoeing. Everyone knows what you're talking about.''
Jordan is, of course, commonly regarded as the greatest player of all-time. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also in that conversation, certainly one of the best centers.