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1st Overall NBA Draft Pick

Non-Hockey Player

Gets HUGE Canadian Honor

7/2/2013 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Canadian native Anthony Bennett -- the first Canadian EVER to get picked first in the NBA draft -- has just received an even greater honor ... THE KEY TO HIS CANADIAN HOMETOWN!!!

The mayor of Brampton in Ontario released a statement today, saying she presented Bennett -- who was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers last week -- with the key on Canada Day yesterday ... in honor of his incredible non-hockey achievements.

For our Canadian readers: basketball is a game in which two teams vie to shoot a ball through their opponent's hoop. No actual baskets are involved, and players tend to retain most of their teeth.

The mayor added, “All of Brampton wishes Anthony the very best with the Cleveland Cavaliers and we look forward to cheering him on during the NBA season.”

That is, as soon as they figure out what the NBA actually is ... and no, the Raptors don't count.

Take it away, Kyle's mom!

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Rogerdat    

Wow TMZ...just a reminder of how poorly educated people are in the U.S; and how everyone else in the world knows it except for ego-centric Americans. They love making fun of Canada the little brother , but ever notice when they do manage to travel outside of US they put Canadia tags on their travel bags? Truth is, I don't expect journalism from TMZ, but really? Next story up on TMZ, Canadian live in Igloo's and have Penguins for pets.

385 days ago
17.

JLO    

Seriously TMZ figure out your research....A CANADIAN INVENTED BASKETBALL. Idiots...Time for the staff at TMZ to return to history class

385 days ago
18.

Rogerdat    

Wow...TMZ ignorant ignorant ignorant...love picking on your Canadian little brother; yet when any of you venture to travel beyond your borders - funny how you put the Canadian Flag tags on your knapsacks...Next story up on TMZ : Canadians live in Igloos and have Penguins for pets!

385 days ago
19.

C'est moi    

As you've already been told...basketball was invented by a Canadian. Duh.

385 days ago
20.

Tarasia    

A Canadian started basketball but thanks for the dumbing down from the USA we are used to it!

385 days ago
21.

Brian     

Steve Nash is from Victoria British Columbia,,, Hello!

385 days ago
22.

Len    

Idiots. I know you think you're funny, but there's a lot more to Canadian sports than hockey. I wonder if you'll run the same lame jokes next year when we go back to back #1 overall picks.

These sorts of comments magnify your own ignorance. You may think it's funny because of your general lack of knowledge. To anyone with a brain it comes off as extremely lazy and cliche "humour" (note the "U" in the spelling).

I'm sure if Alec Baldwin maid the same comments he would be Canada bashing and a Canadaphobe.

385 days ago
23.

bagladey    

LMAOOO at TMZ for trying to take digs at Canada. FAIL! I'm embarrassed for the educated lawyer and his staff.

385 days ago
24.

NameNotImportat    

This story is funny because next year's projected #1 is also from Canada. And they're calling him the next Lebron. Seems like Canada has took a big step in the sport of basketball. Not to forget about Steve Nash.

385 days ago
25.

Lisa    

It's going to be back to back for Canada...As a Canadian is likely going to be No. 1 next year too - He's the real superstar - ANDREW WIGGINS.

385 days ago
26.

KAREN Christopher    

Uh might want to rethink insulting Canadians - not impressed

385 days ago
27.

Just a hoser    

Hmmmm. Unless NBA.com is wrong, I believe a Canadian invented basketball. Eh. What do I know eh?

Check the link!

http://www.nba.com/canada/History_of_Basketball_in_Canad-Canada_Generic_Article-18023.html

385 days ago
28.

Stephanie    

So funny to have a TMZ mention of Brampton!
This Mississauga girl used to reside there too ;)

385 days ago
29.

Andrew Wiggins    

Dear TMZ "Sports Editor",

Try googling Andrew Wiggins before next year's draft. That will be the second straight year a Canadian goes 1 overall.

And to think Joey Votto, the best player in the MLB happens to be a Canadian... What a crack staff you have, stick to the Thirty Mile Zone and leave sports to the professionals.

385 days ago
30.

steve    

Great article TMZED. Ignore the haters, Who cares if bball 's inventor was from Ontario. Basketball is as Canadian as Hungarian Gulash.

385 days ago
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