Thru The Lens

Thru The Lens

Thru The Lens is a series created by Cassy Athena to bring you closer to your favorite athletes and celebrities in a unique way that makes you feel like you are hanging out with them exclusively. There are featured episodes, as well is interviews and workout footage. Enjoy!

Season 2

Thru The Lens: (INTERVIEW) S2; Ep5 – The City of Dreams – Chris McCullough

NBA Rookie Chris McCullough had an unfortunate turn of events when he tore his ACL during his freshmen year at Syracuse. Being a top ranked player in high school, he continued to enter his name in the 2015 NBA Draft and was drafted in the 1st round to the Brooklyn Nets. The Bronx native is the first player from New York to join the Brooklyn Nets. Follow his journey as he shows an exclusive look at his workouts at the Nets practice facility, along with a trip up north to Washington Heights to watch the infamous Dyckman league!

Thru The Lens: (Behind the Scenes) Ball is Life All American Game 2016

Every year Ballislife puts on a All-American game with the top high-school players in the country. This year I followed the guys around for a couple days to capture some pictures and video! Check out never-before seen side of your favorite high school talent!

Thru The Lens: (INTERVIEW) S2; Ep5 – Hangin’ with Superman – Dwight Howard

In Episode 5, Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets) visits Portland on a road trip during the season. He stops at a Juvenile detention center to talk and encourage the kids. Dwight also opens up about his back surgery, his response to being called “Soft” for smiling too much and shows his overall love of life and basketball.


Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep4 – Dre Day – Andre Drummond

In Episode 4, we take you on a journey of one of the biggest rising stars in the NBA today – Andre Drummond. So many have seen his amazing skills on the court but his personality and work ethic off the court is also something great! Spending more than 2 months over the summer in Santa Barbara, CA; Cassy Athena follows Andre through a day in the offseason. Andre show’s how he practices his techniques and focuses on the mechanics of his body through training and technology. He also shows his competitive-ness with another sport he dominates at – bowling! Andre is no beginner – with his highest score being almost a perfect 300, he’s tough competition at the bowling lanes as well!



Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) S2; Ep3 – The Journey – Pierre Jackson

In episode 3, Cassy Athena meets up with Las Vegas native, Pierre Jackson. After being drafted to the NBA, setting world records in the d-league, traveling overseas and recovering from an achilles tear in the NBA Summer League, he’s come a long way back to the top to showcase his talent at the highest level. We get exclusive access to his prized sneaker collection, meet his precious daughter and talk about some of his most personal basketball moments.


Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) Season 2; Episode 2 – Draft Day – Delon Wright

Cassy Athena follows NBA 2015 Draft Prospect Delon Wright on his draft day. Delon graduated from the University of Utah and was projected to go in the first round. Instead of heading to New York to be present at the draft, his brother (NBA Player Dorell Wright) and agent set up a big party for him with friends and family in his hometown of Los Angeles. Check out his special day as he enters the NBA!

Thru The Lens: (DAY IN THE LIFE) Season 2; Episode 01 – Life of a King – Rudy Gay

Season 2 of Thru The Lens kicks off with access to an NBA Star like never seen before. Cassy Athena followed Rudy Gay for two days to get to know the Sacramento King better in the offseason. This is the first time Rudy has ever shared access to someone following him! One of the greatest and funniest people to be around, follow Rudy as he hosts his camp, shows off some of his shoe collection and proves his baseball skills!



Season 1

Thru The Lens: Jordan Clarkson workout with Drew Hanlen

We stopped through to catch an exclusive workout with NBA Trainer, Drew Hanlen, as he trains Los Angeles Laker, Jordan Clarkson!! More videos coming soon.


Episode 09: The Golden Footage (Harrison Barnes and Jerry West)

The Golden State Warriors are coming off a phenomenal season, winning their first NBA championship title in 40 years. Last summer I spent time with Harrison Barnes as he trained to prepare for the upcoming season. One of the highlights from our time together was filming a workout in Los Angeles. In the middle of filming, NBA Legend, Jerry West, came through to the gym and was giving Harrison pointers and advice about life and the game of basketball. It was one of the coolest days I’ve ever captured on film and now I finally have the opportunity to share this with everyone! Check out this extremely rare footage, exclusively on Thru The Lens!

Episode 08: Ohio to L.A. with D’Angelo Russell

In my latest episode of Thru The Lens, I follow one of this years most talented college players, D’Angelo Russell from Ohio State. He was visiting Los Angeles for the Wooden Awards, where he received the first-ever Jerry West award for the number one shooting guard in the country. D’Angelo started off his day volunteering as a coach for a special olympics basketball game, then we explore Los Angeles and Hollywood!

Since we filmed the episode, D’Angelo has declared for the NBA Draft and is the number one guard in the draft! We are really excited, good luck with everything!!


Episode 07: Working Out with Harrison Barnes

This episode is part 1 as we follow Harrison Barnes throughout his NBA workout during the offseason. He starts off his mornings by working out with his trainer, Travelle. He talks about the importance of strength training and taking care of your body during the entire year. Check out his routine and stay tuned to see what happens in Part 2 when we travel to Santa Barbara’s p3 facility to get some in depth performance analytics!

Episode 06: Hanging with Larry Sanders

NBA Star Larry Sanders has recently been the talk of many headlines with his decision to leave the NBA in the middle of his 4 year contract of $44 million. Many people have questioned his decision, which he explained a small piece of why he left in recent interview online.

Within a week of that video being released, I met up with Larry in Beverly Hills, CA, to hang out and take some pictures. After talking with him and hearing more about his story and his personal life, we decide to film some footage to get to know HIM better as a person and not just a basketball player.

This is the first video of many more to come! Larry Sanders is a really awesome person and I’m glad I had the opportunity to get to know him better


Interview – Getting to know Rudy Gay

NBA Star and Gold Medalist, Rudy Gay, sat down with us for an exclusive interview. Throughout his career, you might be able to find a few videos of him talking about his life outside of basketball (mainly about his sneakers!) but Rudy sat down with us and opened up about a few things to get to know him better! We made our way up to the Kings Practice facility in Sacramento to talk with him about everything from sacrifices he made for basketball, playing with team USA, his favorite food, his favorite music, being a baseball player, his sneaker collection and more! Check out the episode and let us know if you’d like to see more videos of him!



Episode 05 – Open Run with Jordan Crawford

Cassy Athena followed CBA/NBA player Jordan Crawford as he went through his morning routine of Open Gym and then Rehab. Check out the episode and let us know your thoughts!


Interview – Quincy Miller

We caught up with Quincy Miller during his second 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings earlier this month. We asked him about his recent journey from the NBA to the D-League and back to the NBA, along with his favorite music, food and sneakers!


Episode 04 – Day in the Life of Nick Young

This was the first episode ever filmed for Thru The Lens. Cassy Athena follows Nick Young and his assistant, Big Meat, for a day full of laughter, family, friendship and more. Get a more personal experience of hanging out with one of the most loved LA Lakers as we see his morning routine, visit his parents, stop by his former college (USC), and a hilarious bet of whether the In N Out in Hollywood is closer to Highland or LaBrea. This was one of the best times I ever had filming an episode. Enjoy!


Paul George Skills Camp 2014

Get a behind the scenes look as Paul George hosts his 4th Annual camp in Los Angeles, CA.


Episode 03 – NBA Lockout “The Lost Episode”

Cassy Athena takes you through her journey in the 2011 NBA Lockout of how she started off as the Drew League Photographer and was apart of the two biggest games that summer. Capitol Punishment and The Big Payback.




Lost Footage – Offseason Workout: Paul George vs Nick Young

Some lost footage never before seen. A workout including Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers) and Paul George (Indiana Pacers). Includes Drills, A game with Nick vs Paul and some awesome dunks at the end.


Episode 02 – #1 Ranked Point Guard on the West Coast, Jordan McLaughlin


LA photographer Cassy Athena follows top 50 high school player and future USC Trojan, Jordan McLaughlin to get to know him better. Exploring the high school side of the basketball world and what its like to be one of the top players, competing to get to the next level and beyond. Stay tuned for more episodes of NBA and top high school players!


Episode 01 – Day in the life of Dorell Wright

LA photographer Cassy Athena follows NBA player Dorell Wright as he puts on an annual Skate Night benefiting his foundation D Wright Way Foundation. His friends and family come to support the night, including guests such as Baron Davis, Nick Young, Brandon Jennings and more! Stay tuned for more episodes with more players!!!! The D Wright Way foundation helps single mother households and inner city youth. Please visit for more information.


Episode 00 – Nick Young’s birthday at Toxic

LA photographer Cassy Athena follows NBA player Nick Young on his birthday as he celebrates it at Toxic (Lure) with family and friends. Includes Brandon Jennings, Dorell Wright, The Game, Problem, DJ Drama, Teyana Taylor and more! Stay tuned for more episodes with more players!!!!

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