I think that argument in your last paragraph is ridiculous JGC. Any other player does that and people are calling for a flopping fine? Players do that all the time, I have seen guys fall and slide way further than they should as long as I've been watching the NBA (20 years now). Is it pointless, of course, but I don't really see that as a horrible flop, guys just do that, hell maybe it's fun to do I don't know.
If you wanna be ridiculous maybe it cushions the fall to do that, either way guys have done it forever, even in situations where they aren't trying to exaggerate contact, and I have always wondered why
Also, Kobe does get the benefit of the doubt because of his lack of flopping history, this isn't the sort of flop the NBA targets anyway, as again, it gives no real advantage, no foul is called, and the defensive player only hurts his team by doing it, they don't benefit. Now if Kobe starts doing these flailing, fake contact, fall down like you were shot flops ala Chris Paul, LeBron, Blake Griffin, etc, of course he deserves a fine like anyone else as well as he should be ashamed of himself like all these floppers should.
The last bit, I get what you're saying, but I posted a video of flopping, it had no LeBron in it. Yeah when people see a LeBron flop they get madder than when they see a Tony Allen flop, but that's partly because one guy doesn't need to as he's the best in the game, one guy is a role player doing whatever he can to get an edge, so it's more understandable. Both are cheating, both are lame, but that's just how it is. All bad flops should be punished the same no matter how big the players' name is though. And with that I think I'm bowing out of this discussion, it's become too silly, another argument for the sake of arguing.