The Pistons have hit the recession.
Entering their second stage of reconstruction this year, the Pistons have been working tirelessly to fold their mix of new talent into a successful formula.
Though they have a losing record, the effort they put in every game exceeds all of the expectations that their critics threw at them over the summer.
Although they are missing veterans Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince, they are rapidly patching the gaping hole that Chauncey Billups left behind when he left for Denver last season.
And though they have not met expectations, they have, in nearly every way, fixed the debacle fans witnessed last season.
This team has put its championship swagger behind them.
It's back to the drawing board, and things seem rough.
In addition to this, they have a starting rookie (Jerebko), a spanking new coach (Kuester), and injuries to Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Gordon, and Charlie Villanueva.
But they're hanging in.
"When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade"
This quote moves the gears of my mind whenever I watch them play.
The rock-solidness of Ben Wallace, steadiness of Rodney Stuckey, and inspiring persistence of Jonas Jerebko is lighting a new spark under the young Pistons.
Speaking of Jerebko, he has simply been a revelation.
He's like Thor, the Norse God of Thunder.
You can't strike him down.
He is the face of the new-look Pistons: Lost and inexperienced, but always prepared to step up and win.
They are rebels without a cause, but with a vision.
Believe me, this team has almost everything needed to be a true title contender.
Things that are handed to you last but for a minute. However, things that are worked for with merciless determination last a lifetime.
This team has to remember this if they intend to contend for a title in the next few years.
"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade."
Sounds like bittersweet poetry to me.