Giorgos Kolokithas

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Giorgos Kolokithas
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Power Forward
Personal information
Born (1945-11-02)November 2, 1945
Greece
Died March 2, 2013(2013-03-02) (aged 67)
Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 6.75 in (2.00 m)
Career history
-1965 Sporting (Greece)
1965-1972 Panathinaikos (Greece)
Career highlights and awards

Giorgos Kolokithas (alternate spelling: Kolokythas; Greek: Γεώργιος (Γιώργος) Κολοκυθάς; November 2, 1945 – March 2, 2013[1]) was a Greek professional basketball player. He was considered to be one of the best scorers and players in Greek basketball history.[2] He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991.

Club career[edit]

Kolokithas played in his club career for Sporting and Panathinaikos. While playing with Panathinaikos, he won 4 Greek League championships (1967, 1969, 1971, 1972). He scored a total of 3,529 points in the Greek League, having a personal record game of 51 points. In 1964, 1966, and 1967, he was the Greek League Top Scorer.

In European club competition, he reached with Panathinaikos, the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1969, and the semi-finals of the European Champions' Cup in 1972. He was a member of the All-European Selection in 1970. He retired at age 28, after suffering a knee injury.[3]

Greek national team[edit]

Kolokithas played in 90 games with the Greek national team and scored 1,807 points. He had 25 caps in EuroBasket games, and he scored 492 points (19.7 per game) in those games. At EuroBasket 1967, he was the Top Scorer of the tournament, scoring 206 points (22.9 per game). At EuroBasket 1969, he repeated his success, being the Top Scorer of the tournament, with 159 points (22.7 per game).

In 1971, Kolokithas retired from the Greek national squad, scoring in his last game, 35 points against Scotland's national team. He later became the president of all the Greek national teams, and the vice-president of the Hellenic Basketball Federation.

Death[edit]

Kolokithas died, after suffering a heart attack, on March 2nd, 2013.[4]

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