Why do Stars get pulled in the last seconds?
I understand why star-players get pulled on sure-wins with minutes to go; mostly to prevent injuries or to prevent busting a George Karl (2007). But I don't know why it's common to pull star-players with seconds to go after having a phenomenal game.
Kobe's last game, he scored 60 and everyone celebrated after a time-out with 4.1 seconds to go. Lakers up by 5; it was a sure win. Announcers talked about how the Lakers should try to stop the clock to get Kobe out of there, but, why?
Another one I can remember off the top of my head (obviously I'm a Lakers fan), is Kobe's 81. With Kobe scoring 81, 4.2 seconds to go and Lakers up by 18, Phil pulls Kobe.
Why not just let the player (Kobe, in my examples) finish up the game? You don't even have to play Harden-level of defense at this point. I never understood this.
Last edited by kap : 09-13-2017 at 01:23 PM.