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"And the new breed that came in were saying he was an assistant coach, but Tex wasn't just any assistant coach, that's for sure." Winter showed some of his patented fire and wit, his face lighting up when he pointed at Lakers special assistant Craig Hodges who was sitting in the front row and played for Winter at Long Beach State and later cracked up the room by pointing at Ramsay and saying, quite clearly, "I'm older than this guy." He also was quite gracious and grateful in his remarks for the Daly Award, released in a statement by the NABC. "To receive an award like this from my peers is one of the highlights of my career," Winter said. Still, the Naismith Hall of Fame continues to elude him. The conversation comes up every spring when the next class is unveiled as sure as "It's a Wonderful Life" appears on television every winter. And the conversation every spring unfortunately just so happens to be about Winter being snubbed, who has been nominated for induction seven times according to his son Chris, when the limit is supposed to be five. "It's kind of embarrassing," Winter's son Chris said. Kobe Bryant chose stronger words. "It's the dumbest [expletive] I've ever heard," Bryant said in April when it was announced that, again, Winter had not made it. "They should just fire the whole [voting] panel. "[His career] speaks for itself. It speaks for itself. Going back to college at Kansas State and then what he did in the pros, he was the one that brought the concept to Phil and we know what that dynasty did for the NBA and for basketball as a whole. And then coming here and doing it again ... I call him Yoda. He really taught me a lot. I know how Michael [Jordan] feels about him because we've talked about him a great deal, too. You can't overstate his significance to the game." Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen, who was an assistant under Winter when he was a rookie head coach in the NBA with Houston, was just as direct with his call for Winter to make it to the hall back in April. "For what he's contributed to the game of basketball, he should definitely be in the Hall of Fame," Hamblen said. The records he's had in college and being a part of 10 championship teams, he should definitely be in the Hall of Fame. "He's been Phil's mentor all these years. Let alone the success that Phil's had, he was a major college coach, I don't think people understand that or realize that ... He was a basketball purist." In April, Jackson said he has campaigned for Winter to be inducted as a coach in the past but said, "With Tex, there's no indication that there's a movement towards that [now]. "We did a really heavy one when I was in Chicago for a number of years and in fact I got a call from a person, knowing the people that sit in on the voting, and was actually told that, 'Tex is in this year, this is the year he's going to be in,' and he wasn't. So there have been many attempts over the years to drum up support. It just hasn't happened. "Tex was brought there a few years ago as a contributor and honored and that's about as good as it's probably going to get in that regard which is unfortunate." Chris Winter, a radio frequency engineer in Boston, was very emotional during the ceremony and near tears when speaking to reporters afterwards. "One thing that I found after he had his stroke is I went to his apartment he had literally rooms and rooms of letters," he said. "I don't know if this is going to help his cause or not, but they all ask the same question: 'Why aren't you in the Hall of Fame?' "So I think the people have spoken. Whether the Hall of Fame listens, I don't know." Dave McMenamin covers the Lakers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.