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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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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Sean    

You do realize basketball was invented by a Canadian? Check out NBA.com if you can figure out how to spell it!

376 days ago
77.

Amir    

Hey TMZ, instead barfing on cronuts, I suggest that idiot Harvey and the TMZ cast including that Kentucky blond bimbo should less time chasing worthless celebrities and more time educating yourselfs. This way we don't have to be exposed to your abyssal imbecilities. Morons

376 days ago
78.

Onto    

Dumbass TMZ - a bunch of elementary school dropouts who could not get REAL jobs. ..

376 days ago
79.

Mel    

These writers don't get paid right? right? (cricket sound)

376 days ago
80.

Mike H.    

Good research team at TMZ once again. Basketball was invented by a Canadian dummies. I think most Basketball fans know this. So thanks for being ignorant as usual for sake of a ****ty ****ty joke.

376 days ago
81.

Mike H.    

America is just jealous of us Canadians because we are exactly like them in almost every way but the rest of the world actually respects us.

376 days ago
82.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Leave it to Canadians to not look at the previous posts and say the same exact thing for 6 pages.
Nobody cares that a Canadian invented the sport. The point is CANADIANS CAN'T PLAY BALL, GENIUSES! Nobody goes to games against the raptors here - BECAUSE THEY'RE PLAYING THE RAPTORS!
Nobody wants to visit Canada because its DEADLY BORING. Canadians are always trying to live and work in the US because the pay is better and they're curious about a thing we call 'CULTURE'.
The only Americans living in Canada are guerrilla pot farmers and transplants from the federal witness protection program.
Canadians like to brag about how they're superior, yet If not for the US, Canada would be a nuclear wasteland. You don't have a defense budget because you hide behind the US. When it comes to foreign aid, Canada is notorious for having empty pockets. Your taxes are sky high for mediocre health care and schools on par with that of 3rd world counties. YOUR NOT EVEN A REAL COUNTRY ANYWAY.

376 days ago
83.

Meanamama    

Although I agree this article was poorly thought out / researched, I must apologize for some of the rude Canadian posters. I am Canadian and yes I get a kick out of your show. I do get a tad pissed off once in a while when you take it too far with knocking us. I do think it is jealousy quite often as we are quite intelligent and try to be well informed regarding our own country as well as others. We do produce a number of mega stars, maybe that is it. Oh well enough said as this won't change a damn thing in Americans thought process regarding us. Please, going forward if you are going to "stake claim" to something, do the work ;o)

375 days ago
84.

crosby008@hotmail.com    

You ****ing American retards. Basketball was invented by a Canadian. James Naismith.

375 days ago
85.

Steph    

TMZ, I am from CANADA, in a CANADIAN College, for journalism actually.
Now, in the journalism world, they have people called "fact checkers" clearly you guys dont take advantage of yours or else you'd know that
Canada invented BASKETBALL you dumb ****s.&
as for the South park blaming us for their vulgar language that would be like blaming us for Americas obesity problem.
Stop blaming other countries and people and for once stop being a piece of **** of a country and learn your facts.


Canada will and always be better than 'Murica.

375 days ago
86.

Steph    

TMZ, I am from CANADA, in a CANADIAN College, for journalism actually.
Now, in the journalism world, they have people called "fact checkers" clearly you guys dont take advantage of yours or else you'd know that
Canada invented BASKETBALL you dumb ****s.&
as for the South park blaming us for their vulgar language that would be like blaming us for Americas obesity problem.
Stop blaming other countries and people and for once stop being a piece of **** of a country and learn your facts.


Canada will and always be better than 'Murica.

375 days ago
87.

gman    

This is a really stupid article and very offensive. How about you think twice and maybe do some research before writing an article like this. Nothing like alienating your Canadian fan base, but maybe you don't have a Canadian fan base so you don't care. Either way I will never watch/read or support your company again.

375 days ago
88.

gman    

This is a really stupid article and very offensive. How about you think twice and maybe do some research before writing an article like this. Nothing like alienating your Canadian fan base, but maybe you don't have a Canadian fan base so you don't care. Either way I will never watch/read or support your company again.

375 days ago
89.

Amir    

TMZ cast are a big bunch of high school dropouts , cronut eaters and socially inept group. They should be interned in a psychiatric hospital.

375 days ago
90.

A_CANADIAN    

For the TMZ writers: WIKIPEDIA is a website that you can use to search for different topics. If you put a search criteria in the search box, WIKI will tell you all you need to know about the topic. Just a suggestion for any future topics your may want to write about!

375 days ago
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