As the first black basketball player to play in the Southeastern Conference in 1967, Vanderbilt University's Perry Wallace was subjected to terrible verbal abuse from fans and cheerleaders of opposing teams. Wallace described his first trip to Mississippi State University as "hellish.” "You'd hear (bad words). We're going to lynch you. We're going to burn you at the stake.'” Wallace was interviewed for ESPN's remarkable four-hour documentary "Black Magic,” which will air commercial-free 8-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Co-produced by Dan Klores and basketball legend Earl "The Pearl” Monroe, "Black Magic” tells the story of the injustice facing blacks and black players, which led to the Civil Rights Movement, and how integration transformed basketball with the emergence of superstars such as Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. Actor Samuel L. Jackson, jazz great Wynton Marsalis and New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul are the narrators. Klores said he shot more than 250 hours of film and interviewed 45 people, including Earl Lloyd, who in 1950 became the first black player in the NBA, Willis Reed, Avery Johnson, Ben Wallace, Charles Oakley, John Chaney, Bob Love, Al Attles, Pee Wee Kirkland, Dick Barnett, Woody Sauldsberry, Bob Dandridge, Sonny Hill, Dave Robbins, Harold Hunter, Cleo Hill, Ernie Brown, and Howie Evans. Also interviewed were the widows of longtime coaches Clarence "Big House” Gaines and John McLendon. The film begins with "the secret game” in Durham, N.C., in 1944 when McLendon brought his team from North Carolina College for Negroes to play an all-white team from Duke medical school. To avoid causing a ruckus, the game was played in an empty gym on a Sunday morning. Using McLendon's uptempo style — unusal at the time — the black team rolled to an 88-44 victory. McLendon's huge influence on blacks in basketball is seen throughout the film. As a University of Kansas student, he learned the game from the sport's inventor, James Naismith. He coached at several black colleges, and won an unprecedented three consecutive NAIA championships at Tennessee State. George Steinbrenner later hired him to coach the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League, a job he quit in a dispute with Steinbrenner.