July 2, 2013 9:58 pm

TMZ takes shot at Canada, drops the ball

Anthony Bennett, pictured in January 2013.

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TORONTO – Celebrity website TMZ really dropped the ball Tuesday when it decided to educate Canadians about basketball.

The website posted a photo of Anthony Bennett – the first Canadian to get picked first in the NBA draft – getting the key to his hometown of Brampton, Ont.

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The TMZ post then read: “For our Canadian readers: basketball is a game in which two teams vie to shoot a ball through their opponent’s hoop.”

Then it said Canadians will cheer for Bennett “as soon as they figure out what the NBA actually is.”

Readers quickly fired back at TMZ, posting comments that pointed out that basketball was, in fact, invented by Canadian doctor James Naismith.

“TMZ should do some research or try better jokes,” read one comment. “Either way TMZ fails again.”

Other comments referred to TMZ’s writers as “morons,” “ignorant” and “idiotic.”

“Time for the staff at TMZ to return to history class,” one comment read.

Readers also pointed out that NBA star Steve Nash is from B.C. and that the favourite to be selected as the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft is Toronto-born Andrew Wiggins.

And the Memphis Grizzlies were, for six seasons, the Vancouver Grizzlies.

“Typical American behaviour,” one reader commented. “Make fun of another country to make yourselves feel better.”

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