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Christen Press Picks No. 24 at Man United as a ‘Nod to Kobe’ Bryant

Christen Press will play for Manchester United Women

LONDON (AP) — With her usual No. 23 jersey already claimed, Christen Press had a decision to make when she joined Manchester United.

It was a quick call.

“I picked 24,” the United States forward said on a video call. “It was a best of the bunch and obviously has a history to that number as well.”

History immersed in grief — in a year that began with former Los Angeles Lakers No. 24 Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash at the age of 41.

“When I wasn’t able to wear my normal number, I definitely chose this (24) with a little nod to Kobe, because I’m an L.A. girl,” Press said. “Everywhere we went, they were crazy for Kobe and the amount of inspiration and joy that he gave people by the way he played with his passion is amazing. And, it’s something that as athletes we’re all striving to do.”

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