Playing basketball is exhausting, obviously. Very no doy statement to make, but it’s true. Not only are you running a majority of the time, you also go from not moving to a full-out sprint at the drop of a hat. Then there’s the constant jumping, bumping and raising of one’s arms that just add to the fatigue. My legs are tired just thinking about it.

And that’s just the normal weariness that comes with playing a 48-minute NBA game. Imagine playing 63 minutes, as the Lakers and Suns did last night. That’s sure to leave a guy tired. And hungry. From the AP:

“I wish we would have put them away when we should have,” said Lamar Odom, who had a season-high 29 points and 16 rebounds while playing over 55 minutes filling in for suspended center Andrew Bynum. “But we found a way to win, and that’s all that matters.

“I’m tired. I want to go home. I’m in the mood for pancakes.”

To be fair, Lamar Odom is almost always in the mood for pancakes. Basically, if he’s not eating candy or Taco Bell, it’s pancakes. Their complex mix of carbohydrates, sugar and more carbohydrates are perfect for a professional athlete who needs to have his energy stores constantly replenished. As the slogan goes, “Pancakes: They do a body OK.”

Fortunately for Lamar and the Lakers, they don’t play again until Friday. That means an off day today, which I’m guessing will be used trying to master the art of a Mickey Mouse pancake, delicacy that is almost impossible to flip without breaking. As for the Suns, they play the Raptors tonight. That’s hardly any time for pancakes, which is a bummer for a team that likes to play uptempo basketball. Without those delicious syrup vessels, I’d expect a lot of dead legs in Phoenix.

In conclusion, pancakes sound great. Time for breakfast. Thanks for the inspiration, Lamar.