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Moore, who knew Iverson as an 8-year-old boy, said Iverson was focused on staying in shape in case an NBA team made an offer.

Allen is not so naive of a man that he doesn’t understand full well why he’s not in the NBA,” Moore said. “It not, poor Allen. Allen has done things that have really landed him outside of the NBA. He understands that. He understands the mistakes he’s made.”

Iverson spent 10 seasons in Philadelphia before bouncing through Denver, Detroit, and Memphis. He was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft, a four-time scoring champion, and averaged 26.7 points yet never won a championship.

Moore denied Iverson has financial problems. Iverson recently struck a reported $3 million financial settlement to help finalize his divorce with his wife, Tawanna.

“He’s going through probably the most difficult of challenge he’s ever faced in his life,” Moore said. “There’s no doubt he will get past that.”