There's nothing more frustrating than for both a team and its fans to enter a rebuilding phase, only to become stuck in it interminably. The Detroit Pistons are a team that fits this mold almost too well, and star center Greg Monroe told Vince Ellis of USA Today that a good way to describe the team's performance was "stagnated."
Clearly, the Pistons are getting frustrated. They're not even a decade removed from a championship, but still sit near the bottom of the NBA barrel. They have no identity, and things don't appear to be looking up any time soon.
Detroit is fortunately not alone in this regard. A good number of NBA teams have been attempting to "rebuild" for a long time, yet show no improvement. The sad part is that most are just one piece away from getting back into contention, but to no avail.
These teams remain stuck in one gear, and the inability to get out of it annoys everyone from team management to devoted fans running out of reasons to provide support.