Ball Don't Lie

The time an ID-less Stephen Curry was denied a beer at California Pizza Kitchen

Ben Rohrbach
Ball Don't Lie
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) runs downcourt after making a shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Dallas. Golden State won 122-120 in overtime
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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) runs downcourt after making a shot in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Dallas. Golden State won 122-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt Strasen)

Few destinations have benefited from the craft beer boom more than the Bay Area. Breweries and beer gardens abound, so naturally when Golden State's most famous basketball player drowns his sorrows after a first-round playoff loss to the L.A. Clippers, he orders some suds at California Pizza Kitchen.

Only the nice waitress at Stephen Curry's local CPK may not be as familiar with the NBA as the bro behind the bar at The Monk's Kettle, so the youthful son of Dell Curry gets carded on occasion. Here's how the 26-year-old described his latest such run-in to Dime Magazine's Spencer Lund.

"It happened at California Pizza Kitchen in the Bay Area like 15 minutes from my house. We went, I tried to get a drink after the season, that’s exactly what happened. Me and my wife went to dinner, and we didn’t have our daughter with us, and she was with the babysitter. So I ordered a beer, and I didn’t have my ID with me, 'cause I left it in the car and I thought she’d recognize me. So the waitress asks, and I was like, ‘uh, is your manager here,’ and I took my chances with him knowing who I was, and ... he knew. But she basically — yeah — she wouldn’t give me the benefit of the doubt, knowing that I didn’t look like I was over 21 and not knowing who I was."

Behind the goatee, Curry doesn't look much different than he did as a Davidson freshman, when he earned the nickname Baby-Faced Assassin, but he started for the West in this past season's All-Star Game and earned Second Team All-NBA honors, so you might think he wouldn't need an ID.

Thankfully, the manager helped Curry out, and hopefully he at least ordered an Anchor Steam to wash down those avocado egg rolls and a hand-tossed Hawaiian 'za.

But the Golden State star might think about throwing his license in his back pocket — or the Passport he needs as a member of Team USA this summer — since this isn't the first time this has happened. Back in October, Curry admitted on ESPN Radio he's carded roughly 95 percent of the time.

"I guess the most embarrassing moment is probably just at the movies, trying to get into a rated-R movie — that's the worst. ... I told you I've got a 15-month-old, so we haven’t been to the movies in awhile, but that’s happened in the last six months. I can't remember the movie. I've got to work on my facial hair game."

Again in March, when the Warriors were working on 51 wins, Curry told Dime Magazine he had to whip out his license for the bartender while ordering for his wife. (He doesn't drink during the season.) 

"Even with my somewhat disconnected goatee, they still want to card me, so I don't know how long that lasts until I get past that phase. I guess that's a good thing going forward."

Degree is getting plenty of mileage out of Curry's recent publicity tour, as he also told The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday he believes he's a better offensive player than LeBron James. A few more deodorant commercials, and he may actually get recognized next time he saddles up to the bar — or the CPK booth.

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