Trail Blazers forward Robert Covington was eliminated in the first round of the 2021 NBA All-Star Skills Challenge. For the event, the Blazers forward donned his Tennessee State jersey—representing his HBCU roots. Covington faced a field that included Luka Doncic, Chris Paul, Julius Randle, Nikola Vucevic and Domantas Sabonis.
Prior to the competition, Covington announced that he is donating to $50 thousand to two scholarship athletes at Tennessee State (25k each).
Robert Covington surprises two students from his alma matter Tennessee State with $25K scholarships each pic.twitter.com/6bYNHte6Bx— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 7, 2021
Covington, who entered the event as the biggest underdog, faced Vucevic the first round. After missing the mark on his first chest-pass attempt, Covington struggled to regain his footing against the Magic’s big fella. Vucevic put the opening round on ice by sinking his first three-point attempt.
Sabonis outlasted Vucevic in a tight back-and-forth in the final run to take home the title from this year’s skills competition.
Covington will now enjoy a few days of rest before the Blazers return to action Thursday to face the Suns.