The Lakers' faithful were spoiled for years and years by the sheer dominance and demeanor of Shaquille O'Neal. After that, they were treated to the enigmatic, yet very effective, Andrew Bynum, who also had a mean streak.
In comes Dwight Howard, the fun-loving big man with the million-dollar smile. It is troubling to watch the team under-perform so drastically and still see Dwight complaining about foul calls, laughing after air-balling free throws, and seemingly not being as hungry to win as you'd want your superstar center to be. He appears to be struggling to fit in at the moment, from the well-documented feud with Kobe to the recent immature act of doing a post game interview with a stat sheet.
In the 2010 offseason, the Red Sox needed a significant upgrade. They threw $142 million to bring in Carl Crawford and made a high profile trade for superstar first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. In the baseball haven that is Boston, fans are ruthless. Crawford kept hurting himself by trying to come back from injuries too early due to the pressure, and just admittedly could never handle the overwhelming stress of baseball in Boston.
After their well-documented collapse in 2011, Gonzalez said it just wasn't in God's plans for them to win. His mild manner never quite went over well with the fans, even though he did produce on the field.
The new guys provided stark contrasts to past superstars on each of these teams. An enormous amount of pressure is put on their shoulders and they are expected to adapt rather than being themselves, and sometimes it just does not work out.