Charles Barkley


Tiger Woods

changed his cellphone number the day after his car accident and is not talking to some of his famous friends.

On a show that airs Sunday on the HLN news network, Barkley and filmmaker Spike Lee worry that Woods isn't taking advantage of advice that only friends who are used to the spotlight can offer.

"You should reach out to your celebrity friends when things go bad," Barkley told the Associated Press yesterday. "They're the only people who understand what it's like."

Barkley appears on "With All Due Respect" with two other Turner Sports analysts, baseball Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley and NASCAR driver Kyle Petty. Lee is a guest on the 1-hour special during which the sports stars discuss a variety of topics.

Barkley said he has not spoken to Woods since the Nov. 27 accident.

"I've been trying to get to him and can't get to him," he said. "It's very frustrating."


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Philly File

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Sport Stops

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