This is to do with a distributed data-race. Core-creation happens at a time when collection is not yet visible to the node. In this case a fallback code-path is used which de-references collection-state lazily (on demand) as opposed to setting a watch and keeping it cached locally.
Due to this, as requests towards the core mount, it generates ZK fetch for collection proportionately. On a large solr-cloud cluster, this generates several Gbps of TX traffic on ZK nodes. This affects indexing throughput(which floors) in addition to running ZK node out of network bandwidth.
On smaller solr-cloud clusters its hard to run into, because probability of this race materializing reduces.