Themis Cholevas

Themistokles "Themis" Cholevas (Θεμιστοκλής "Θέμης" Χολέβας; 12 April 1926 – 30 December 2007) was an international Greek professional basketball player and professional basketball coach.[1]

Themis Cholevas
Personal information
Born(1926-04-12)April 12, 1926
Athens, Greece
DiedDecember 30, 2007(2007-12-30) (aged 81)
Athens, Greece
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Career information
Playing career1945–1958
PositionPoint guard
Career history
As player:
As coach:
1965–1966AEK Athens
Career highlights and awards
As player:
  • 2× European Club Champion (1955, 1956)
  • Greek League champion (1953, 1955, 1957)

As a head coach:

Men's Basketball
Representing  Greece
Mediterranean Games
Bronze medal – third place 1955 Spain
Representing  Greece (Head coach)
Mediterranean Games
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Turkey

Professional careerEdit

Cholevas was the team captain of the Panellinios Basketball Club and its famous 1950s era "Chrysi Pentada", or "The Golden Five" in English. With Panellinios, he won 3 Greek League championships, in the years 1953, 1955, and 1957. He also won two European Club Championships with the club, as he won the 1955 Brussels Basketball Tournament and the 1956 San Remo Basketball Tournament. While he was also a runner-up at the 1954 San Remo Tournament.

National team careerEdit

Cholevas also a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team. With Greece, he competed at the 1951 Mediterranean Games, the 1951 EuroBasket, the 1952 Summer Olympic Games, and the 1955 Mediterranean Games, where he won a bronze medal.

Coaching careerEdit

Cholevas also worked as a basketball coach. He coached AEK Athens, and with them, he won the Greek League's 1965–66 season championship. He also won the bronze medal at the 1971 Mediterranean Games, while coaching the Greek national basketball team. He was also Greece's head coach at the 1982 Balkan Championship.

Track and fieldEdit

Cholevis was also a track and field athlete that competed in the 800 meters.


  1. ^ ""Έφυγε" στα 79 του ο Θέμης Χολέβας" (in Greek). 30 December 2007. Retrieved 17 June 2015.

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