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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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Kelly    

I think Canadians know a little something about basketball since is was invented by James Naismith, who was born in Canada, studied PE in Montreal and and later moved to the US.

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32.

mField    

And while we're on this educational moment here is this Canadian Heritage moment brought to you by none other than our Canadian Government:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzsbZ3oem3Y

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33.

Cesar    

Dumb Amercians, no wonder the entire planet hates u

445 days ago
34.

elle    

Basketball was invented by a Canadian!

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35.

Someone    

You know that basketball was invented by a Canadian right? You also know that Steve Nash is Canadian I assume...not sure where this idea that we don't know about basketball comes from...

445 days ago
36.

JMJ    

You guys do know that basketball was invented in Canada, right? Just another great Canadian idea, co-opted by Americans as their own...

445 days ago
37.

justsues    

Canadian readers - perezhilton.com is a great website. They actually boast their Canadian visits per month - over 35 million. Just sayin'.

445 days ago
38.

VictoriaGirl    

Hey TMZ, for your American readers: Basketball was actually invented by a Canadian.

James Naismith was born and went to school in Canada then invented it in the states as an exercise drill. He created the game and made the official rulebook on basketball as we know it today, although it was invented in America.

445 days ago
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Shaken not stirred    

Wow TMZ, you really are closed minded idiots! Before insulting our intelligence, perhaps do some research. Must be a slow day in the Celebrity Scandals Department.....

445 days ago
40.

Common Sense    

Hey TMZ, there is a candy you can get in Canada, it is called a Smartie. Maybe some one from Canada should send you some.
This article is too funny

445 days ago
41.

Chris    

TMZ, you should have your articles written like news websites, where the name of the writer is listed, instead of just "TMZ Staff." Than we could properly single out the half wit that wrote than disaster of an article, instead of the everyone being guilty by association.

445 days ago
42.

Tinamarie    

Typical American behaviour....make fun of another country to make yourselves feel better. There is a reason why the rest of the world cannot say the word 'American' without saying 'dumbass' first

445 days ago
43.

simona    

TMZ: Newsflash, basketball was invented by Canadians. Signed, a proud Canadian.

445 days ago
44.

cindy    

Come to Almonte, Ontario & you will see a bronze statue of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, as well as the house he lived in!

445 days ago
45.

kitnplayn    

America, you are so jealous of Canada that your arrogance and snide comments only give weight to your reputation as a snide and arrogant culture.
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P.S. Haters hate because they feel unloved.

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