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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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Ted D    

Hey TMZ, do you think you could do some research before positing these stupid articles?

You do know that basketball was invented by a CANADIAN right? Morons.

392 days ago
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CrazyOldie    

....basketball was invented by a Canadian. Not sure what the writer tried to "teach" there.

392 days ago
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Jonathan    

The roots of basketball are firmly embedded in Canada. In 1891 the game was invented by Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian who hailed from Almonte, Ontario.

392 days ago
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CanadaRepresent    

Basketball was invented by a Canadian.... But thanks for the sports lesson Harvey.

392 days ago
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o rly    

For our idiotic TMZ writers: Basketball was invented by a Canadian. Canada has had numerous professional basketball teams over the years, participated in the Olympics, as well as a (current) professional league.

Conclusion: TMZ should do some research or try better jokes; either way TMZ fails again.

392 days ago
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fred twigs    

LMAO TMZ... History Lesson Fail

392 days ago
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KnuckleDragger    

Just wait until the people of Brampton find out that a point guard isn't the American version of goaltender, eh!

392 days ago
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Kyra    

Harvey.. You're a lawyer!! Educate these idiots you have as writers... Basketball was INVENTED in Canada.

US invented Aaron Hernandez. Losers!!

392 days ago
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MIKE    

Canada doesn't have many players in the NBA because we lack the amount of lay abouts and gang bangers the US has.

392 days ago
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rainee    

Ahhhh. TMZ. Always jealous of what you can't have. Freedom, poutine, real football/hockey/basketball/baseball/lacross and the Canadian way. THIS should be your story of the day: http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=50&languageId=1&contentId=30838

392 days ago
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Ravenwolf    

next they will be claiming hockey is Canada's national sport... and no it's not.

392 days ago
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JG    

Ever heard of Steve Nash...? 2x MVP...? Canadian.

Who ever wrote this article has got to be the biggest...what's the word...IDIOT. Your headline "HUGE CANADIAN HONOR" - key to the city of brampton....really?...it's an honor but it's equivalent to getting a sandwich named after you in Chicago. I don't really understand the Raptors jab...they're ringing in more $$$ than Detroit,Washington,Indiana,Memphis..do I need to continue? I'll tell you what a huge 'HONOR' is - it's considering yourself a writer/journalist while working at TMZ. Case in point...stick to boob jobs, Kardashians, and stray away from sports.

392 days ago
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Braddy    

uh... baseketball was invented by James Naismith.. who is CANADIAN. Good one.

392 days ago
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paul a.    

Note to TMZ staff: Game was invented by a Canadian.

Now back to the important stuff, what was Kim K doing today?

392 days ago
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Mr. X    

And TMZ forgot one other thing...

CANADA HAS A TEAM IN THE NBA!

Yeah, the Raptors aren't that great...and haven't been for years...but they're not newbies to it either...

392 days ago
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