Allen Iverson through the years

Allen Iverson is going to announce his retirement from the NBA soon. First reported, appropriately, by SLAM Magazine, the 2001 NBA MVP and 11-time All-Star will call it quits after a star-crossed NBA career and short stint playing in Turkey. Iverson has not played an NBA game since Feb. 2010, and it’s fair to say that his time away from the game has brought more bad news than good.

Iverson leaves the NBA after being shunned by NBA squads to start the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, and presumably 2013-14 seasons. Though Allen wasn’t exactly a greybeard when he walked away from the Philadelphia 76ers in 2010 at the age of 34, it was probably that walk away that prematurely ended his NBA career.

Kelly Dwyer


Guard Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks at the post game press conference wearing a Seattle Seahawks cap after the 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics at the First Union Center on December 4, 2002 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers won 99-93 (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/ NBAE/ Getty Images)

NBA star Allen Iverson (L) of USA talks with Yao Ming of China during an event at Shanghai Stadium on September 25, 2005 in Shanghai, China. Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson is visiting Shanghai as the last leg of his Asia Tour which lasts from September 21 to 26. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers sits for portraits on December 15, 2005 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Denver Nuggets stretches pregame against the Phoenix Suns at U.S. Airways Center March 30, 2007 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after a foul call during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 6, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after a foul call during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 6, 2006 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #1 of the Eastern Conference talks to director Spike Lee before the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #1 of the Eastern Conference talks to director Spike Lee before the 58th NBA All-Star Game, part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 15, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies poses for a photograph during a photoshoot after a press conference announcing his signing with the Grizzlies on September 10, 2009 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 2001 NBA East All-Star Team pose for a team portrait, front row (L-R): Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Latrell Sprewell. Middle row: Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Allan Houston. Back row: Tracy McGrady, Anthony Mason, Dikembe Mutombo, Antonio Davis and Glenn Robinson, at the MCI Center on February 13, 2001 in Washington DC. (Photo by Andy Hayt/ NBAE/ Getty Images)

Georgetown University's coach John Thompson sends in replacement Allen Iverson #3 during a game. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Denver Nuggets speaks to the media, his son Allen "Deuce" Iverson Jr. beside him, after the game against the Sacramento Kings on December 22, 2006 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Kings won the game 101-96. (Photo by Michael Martin/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers prepares in the locker room before a 2001 NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Denver Nuggets puts up a shot as Andre Brown #44 of the Memphis Grizzlies defends at the Pepsi Center on April 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Grizzlies 120-111. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Allen Iverson, of the Memphis Grizzlies shakes hands with fans during a press conference announcing his signing with the Grizzlies on September 10, 2009 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Memphis Grizzlies attempts a layup against the Golden State Warriors on November 4, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers dives for the ball against the Dallas Mavericks during the game on January 22, 2010 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers elevates for a dunk during a game against the Detroit Pistons in 1997 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Lou Capozzola/NBAE via Getty Images)

Denver Nuggets' Allen Iverson gets off a pass between Chicago Bulls' Kirk Hinrich (left) and Ben Gordon on Thursday, March 22, 2007, in Chicago, Illinois. (Charles Cherney/Chicago Tribune/MCT)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Denver Nuggets looks on against the Atlanta Hawks on January 23, 2008 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images)

A fan holds up a sign in support of Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 7, 2009 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

A fan holds up a sign in support of Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 7, 2009 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

llen Iverson #1 of the Detroit Pistons enters the game against the San Antonio Spurs on December 2, 2008 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #1 of the Detroit Pistons enters the game against the San Antonio Spurs on December 2, 2008 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers kisses his new home court before the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 7, 2009 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)