Multiple attempts to reach Iverson for this story were unsuccessful; Moore said Iverson has been told to avoid the spotlight. But more than 600 pages of transcripts and court documents from the divorce proceeding suggest that spurts of questionable behavior during his career weren't just layers to Iverson's character. They were warning signs.

"For him to be as successful as he was, he had to be determined and have that little chip on his shoulder and that inner voice telling him, 'Do it your way, Allen,' " Lynch said. "And that's probably his downfall."

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During Iverson's prime, teammates accepted Iverson's unique style, be it hangovers during some practices or his trademark single-arm sleeve. His response to a question in 2002 about missing workouts became iconic: "We're talking about practice."

As long as his game was sharp - he was named MVP in 2001 and won four NBA scoring titles - they ignored all else.

Basketball was Iverson's sanctuary, and he signed huge contracts: a six-year deal in 1999 worth $70.9 million and, four years later, a new agreement worth $76.7 million. Reebok signed him to a huge endorsement deal, including a deferred trust worth more than $30 million, a lump sum he can't touch until he turns 55.

His play kept his shortcomings in the shadows, but at home, his behavior caused increasing worry. Tawanna testified that her husband was undependable and volatile. Alcohol intensified his flaws, she said, leading him to skip milestone events and stagger through others.

He hadn't been present for Tiaura's birth in 1994, and three years later, when Allen Jr. was born - they would call him Deuce - Iverson was "very intoxicated" and unable to drive her to the hospital, Tawanna told the court.

He supported family members and rarely said no to a request for money. McLeod, who occasionally went to the bar with Iverson's entourage, says his teammate always paid the tab, no matter how much. "He never turned down anybody," Brown said. "He was there to help everybody. He didn't think about the future."

Iverson feuded in 2006 with the Sixers, who removed his likeness from the Wells Fargo Center before trading him to the Denver Nuggets, who later traded him to Detroit. When he became a free agent in '09, teams were reluctant to sign him.

Moore said he told Iverson to consider life after basketball. In November 2009, Iverson played in three games with the Memphis Grizzles before being released, and the Sixers brought him back for 25 games. In his final NBA appearance, Feb. 20, 2010, he scored 13 points in a 32-point loss to the Chicago Bulls. His career ended abruptly, without closure.

Said Nuggets Coach George Karl: "Finding his last chapter of his career never happened."

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Iverson kept living as if another contract was imminent, and Tawanna struggled to curb his spending. According to a bank statement submitted in the divorce, the couple's checking account was overdrawn by more than $23,000 in July 2011. In a single day, $23,255.36 was deducted - at a diamond store, a hat shop, a steakhouse and a hotel.

Tawanna testified that her checks bounced that month when she paid for housing and electricity. She sold jewelry and Tiaura's car to pay for household expenses, including school clothes and supplies.

Before their home in Denver was foreclosed, Tawanna testified, she sold more jewelry at a pawn shop to pay toward debt. Iverson owed thousands to a Georgia home builder, was hit with tax liens, and his wages were garnished to settle a nearly $860,000 balance with a jeweler.

The public image for years had been of a bad boy tamed by his growing family sitting near the baseline. The truth was that Iverson was often an absentee husband and father.

Tawanna testified that during a 2009 family vacation in Orlando, Iverson spent evenings with a friend while his family made plans without him. On the day they were to fly home, Iverson nursed a hangover in a van, lying on the floor with a foot draped on the seat. While their children saw a movie, Tawanna sat for hours with her husband, afraid if he was left alone the driver would take photographs.

Another time, she said, Iverson left his children alone in a hotel room during a weekend at a water park. Tawanna picked them up at 2 a.m., one of the kids still in her swimsuit, with no sign of Iverson. "I always thought that my kids needed their father," she'd testify later. "And what I've learned is that they don't need him if he's going to be that destructive in their lives."

Iverson kept waiting for NBA teams to call. Last August, Iverson's son Deuce, now 15, enrolled in a Pennsylvania school and families were invited to group counseling. Tawanna testified that Iverson skipped most of the sessions, including a lunch with his son. During a meeting he did attend, the speaker told the children about success, and how Donald Trump had seized opportunities.