Oct. 4, 2012
-- VIP Ink Publishing signs Atlanta Hawks point guard, Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson, for an autobiography which is slated for a 2013 release. Johnson signed earlier this season with the Atlanta Hawks training camp roster. On December 9, 2011 he signed with the New Orleans Hornets training camp roster, where he became a home town favorite. After he was released from the New Orleans Hornets, Johnson returned to the Austin Toros where they won the NBA Development League Championship. Prior to signing with the New Orleans Hornets, Johnson was featured in an article written in the Austin American-Statesman in which his teammate Lance Thomas stated, “That Squeak's selfless. He's just happy being here. He's always making someone smile." Johnson himself was quoted as saying, "A lot of people might think, you know, five years in the D-League? But I'm excited. I'm excited to be playing basketball."
Since turning professional in 2006, he played for three different teams in Mexico and one in Belgium as well as having three different stints with the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League. He also has been a non-roster invitee of the San Antonio Spurs on two occasions.
When Johnson was seventeen years old, his father passed away of cancer. Johnson said that, "My whole life I’ve been trying to grind it out and work hard to get where I need to be. My father died from cancer, and I grew up in a tough neighborhood in New Orleans East where guys would get bored and find time to get into other things, like stealing cars and walking around looking for fights.
Johnson’s autobiography will cover his faith and determination on both on and off the court. It will also outline how he overcame the hardships of living in New Orleans East as a child as well as the horrors he experienced during and after Hurricane Katrina, and his triumph of becoming an NBA player. His inspiring story will touch the hearts of many.
If your in the Atlanta area this Sunday, come to the Philips Arena and support VIP Ink Publishing author, Carldell “Squeaky” Johnson, and the Atlanta Hawks as they take on the Miami Heat.