Charles Barkley on Blake Griffin in GQ

Blake Griffin is everything a number one pick should be. He’s come in and immediately improved the team and energized the franchise. He brings a certain amount of intensity from his college days that guys in the NBA aren’t used to seeing. He’s still out there like he’s playing Texas on a Friday night, even if he’s playing Golden State. The one thing he has to watch, and this comes with that competitive nature, is the technical fouls. There’s no reason for him to be staring down Mario Chalmers. He can’t get sucked into that. The real question is, can he do for the Clippers what LeBron did for the Cavs? Blake is definitely doing his part; he’s made the Clippers popular again. Now it’s up to the Clippers to do their part. We’ll see if they can.

In our magazine package about the NBA’s new golden age, we got five legends to talk about five of the league’s best players under 25. Also featured: Moses Malone on (GQ guest blogger!) Kevin Love, Reggie Miller on Steph Curry, Isiah Thomas on Brandon Jennings, and Gary Payton on Derrick Rose.