Marvin Webster was a valued commodity at Morgan State. He eas 7-foot-1 and 240 rounds and known as "The Human Eraser." He was about to become the second choice in the 1975 NBA draft when a New York agent, who asks that his name not to be used, went to see Webster about representing him. Webster took the agent to meet Nat Frazier, Webster's coach.
"He was really nice and polite, Frazier," the agent said. "Then he says to Marvin to leave, and Marvin went out to the gym.All of a sudden he (Frazier) begins screaming at me about 'Where do you get the nerve to talk to my players without talking to me? He was screaming pretty loud." the agent said.The agent told Frazier that he was going to leave, and Frazier changed his attitude.
"He said he didn't want anyone to hurt Marvin and he talked about how much he had helped him, how he wasn't much of a player until he got hold of him, and he talked about all the hours he'd spent working with Marvin. That's when he came onto this thing that he (Frazier) should receive something. I said, 'Cause you worked so hard with him?" And he said yeah and he talked about all the hours [WORD ILLEGIBLE] If the kid believes that you [WORD ILLEGIBLE] In fact, if he does believe that, I'll tell him to put it in (the deal).
And the Frazier came right out and said, 'The only way you can get the kid is if you come across.' He just said it right out." The agent walked out. He told Webster that if he wanted the agent to represent him to call, and the agent left Baltimore.
"That's not true at all," Frazier said. "Those guys (agents) are vicious. They put out a lot of lies." Frazier does agree, though, that the man he eventually recommended to Marvin Webster was Norman Blass, one of basketball's big-name agents. And when the contract between Webster and the Denver Nuggets was signed, the Nuggets included some money for Frazier at Blass' urging, Blass said. It was set up so Frazier would be in Denver's scouting payroll - a fact Blass concedes. "It had nothing to do with Marvin Webster," Blass said. "Marvin Webster's contract was already signed when I got (Frazier) that." Frazier admitted after questioning that the job had been arranged, but he said it fell through. He denied ever being paid by the Nuggets.
But Nuggets owner Carl Scheer said Frazier had been paid. "We paid him a sum of money as part of Webster's contract." Scheer said. Scheer said he did not know why. "That was just [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Two sources close to [WORD ILLEGIBLE] say that Frazier originally was supossed to receive approximately $35,000 from Denver. Scheer would not confirm the amount.