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12th Annual Women Ambassadors Conference Washington DC

Women Ambassadors, Broadway and Hollywood took on tough diplomatic issues at 12th Annual Conference in D.C.

Ambassador Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika of Zambia, in her opening address at the twelfth annual conference of the Women Ambassadors Foundation in Washington D.C., told the audience, ?If we can prevent one rape, we must keep trying. We must focus on long-range prevention of war, as well as peace negotiation in areas of conflict. The concept of a culture of peace must start now with elementary education, and more student exchanges.?

Her talk signaled the start of a match with a strong cast of women ambassadors, representatives from academia, Hollywood, Broadway and United Nations affiliated organizations wrestling with the conference theme, The Challenges of Diplomacy in a Volatile and Increasingly Interdependent World. They went to the mat, taking prevailing ideology to task by examining such topics as, the role of women in African government, the sustainability of globalization, the world as a unipolar entity and the role of the arts in diplomacy.

The annual conference is sponsored by Howard University, The Ralph J Bunch Center, The Departments of Modern Languages & Literature, Political Science, African Studies and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. Dr. Marilyn Sephocle is Founder and President of The Women Ambassadors Foundation as well as Director of the prestigious Simultaneous Interpretation Unit of Howard University. The Women Ambassadors Foundation is an organization that promotes gender parity in the field of diplomacy. The Women Ambassadors foundation includes as honorary members current and former ambassadors.

Students and professors from Howard University participated in the poignant and sometimes unsettling presentations and discussions but the conference also featured some star glitter from Broadway and Hollywood, with a serious note.

Bob Blume, Executive Director of The Drama Desk Awards, attended last Thursday and spoke on the panel “The Role of the Arts in Public Diplomacy” Also peaking were New York Times bestselling author, Linda Grover, founder GlobalMothers.org and panel moderator Bunny Dubin, documentary producer “Answering the Call; Ground Zeros Volunteers” A New York Times acclaimed, moving film tribute to volunteerism in the face of the terrorism of 9/11/01.

Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman was presented with the Goodwill Ambassador Award for her work in the field of human rights and criminal rehabilitation..

Honoree Jenna Elfman was also in Washington DC to lobby for criminal reform measures. She spoke about her work and pride helping inmates regain self-esteem and worth to society with the highly effective and internationally recognized Criminon criminal rehabilitation program developed by American author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard, now used in over 1700 institutions in 35 nations.

“Again and again, I have been amazed to see individuals who are considered by society and the government as the ?worst of humanity? completing this program and realize for themselves that they can lead a life without crime,” Ms. Elfman told the audience. “I have seen them walk out of prison for good ? no revolving door.”

The Women Ambassadors Foundation
Dr. Marilyn Sephocle founder

12th Annual Women Ambassadors Conference Washington DC

Women Ambassadors, Broadway and Hollywood took on tough diplomatic issues at 12th Annual Conference in D.C.

Ambassador Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika of Zambia, in her opening address at the twelfth annual conference of the Women Ambassadors Foundation in Washington D.C., told the audience, ?If we can prevent one rape, we must keep trying. We must focus on long-range prevention of war, as well as peace negotiation in areas of conflict. The concept of a culture of peace must start now with elementary education, and more student exchanges.?

Her talk signaled the start of a match with a strong cast of women ambassadors, representatives from academia, Hollywood, Broadway and United Nations affiliated organizations wrestling with the conference theme, The Challenges of Diplomacy in a Volatile and Increasingly Interdependent World. They went to the mat, taking prevailing ideology to task by examining such topics as, the role of women in African government, the sustainability of globalization, the world as a unipolar entity and the role of the arts in diplomacy.

The annual conference is sponsored by Howard University, The Ralph J Bunch Center, The Departments of Modern Languages & Literature, Political Science, African Studies and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. Dr. Marilyn Sephocle is Founder and President of The Women Ambassadors Foundation as well as Director of the prestigious Simultaneous Interpretation Unit of Howard University. The Women Ambassadors Foundation is an organization that promotes gender parity in the field of diplomacy. The Women Ambassadors foundation includes as honorary members current and former ambassadors.

Students and professors from Howard University participated in the poignant and sometimes unsettling presentations and discussions but the conference also featured some star glitter from Broadway and Hollywood, with a serious note.

Bob Blume, Executive Director of The Drama Desk Awards, attended last Thursday and spoke on the panel “The Role of the Arts in Public Diplomacy” Also peaking were New York Times bestselling author, Linda Grover, founder GlobalMothers.org and panel moderator Bunny Dubin, documentary producer “Answering the Call; Ground Zeros Volunteers” A New York Times acclaimed, moving film tribute to volunteerism in the face of the terrorism of 9/11/01.

Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman was presented with the Goodwill Ambassador Award for her work in the field of human rights and criminal rehabilitation..

Honoree Jenna Elfman was also in Washington DC to lobby for criminal reform measures. She spoke about her work and pride helping inmates regain self-esteem and worth to society with the highly effective and internationally recognized Criminon criminal rehabilitation program developed by American author and humanitarian, L. Ron Hubbard, now used in over 1700 institutions in 35 nations.

“Again and again, I have been amazed to see individuals who are considered by society and the government as the ?worst of humanity? completing this program and realize for themselves that they can lead a life without crime,” Ms. Elfman told the audience. “I have seen them walk out of prison for good ? no revolving door.”

The Women Ambassadors Foundation
Dr. Marilyn Sephocle founder

The Washington Wizards Tickets:the Wizards Get Into The Playoffs For The First Time In Nba History

The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., previously known as Washington Bullets. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The club now known as the Wizards began play as the Chicago Packers in the 1961/62 season. The next season, they changed their name to the Chicago Zephyrs. In 1963 the franchise moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and became the Baltimore Bullets (no relation to the 1940s/50s Bullets franchise).In their first year in Baltimore, the Bullets finished 4th in a 5 team Western Division.

Prior to the 1964/65 NBA season the Bullets pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending Terry Dischinger, Rod Thorn and Don Kojis to the Detroit Pistons for Bailey Howell, Don Ohl, Bob Ferry and Wali Jones. The trade worked out well; Howell proved to be a hustling, fundamentally sound player who helped the Bullets get into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, the Wizards stunned the St.

Louis Hawks 3/1, and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. In the finals, Baltimore managed to split the first four games with the Los Angeles Lakers before losing the series 4/2.

Flip Saunders reached an agreement to become the new coach of the team in mid-April, 2009.Despite having the second best chance at obtaining the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Wizards were randomly chosen to pick fifth overall in the NBA Draft Lottery.

This pick was later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Songaila, Thomas, and Oleksiy Pecherov, in exchange for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.On May 21, 2009, Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld announced that the team has named Randy Wittman and Sam Cassell as assistant coaches.Then on August 11, 2009, the Wizards signed Fabricio Oberto, many weeks after he committed to signing with the team.

On December 24, 2009, it was revealed that Arenas had admitted to storing unloaded firearms in his locker at Verizon Center and had surrendered them to team security. In doing so, Arenas violated both NBA rules against bringing firearms into an arena and D.C. ordinances. On January 1, 2010, it was reported that Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton had unloaded guns in the Wizards’ locker room during a Christmas Eve argument regarding gambling debts. The D.C. Metropolitan Police and the U.S. Attorney’s office are investigating.

In January, the NBA suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay while conducting their investigation into the incident. NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement that while Arenas would likely face a lengthy suspension (possibly for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, if not longer), “his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game.

“Despite Stern’s longstanding practice of not disciplining players until the legal process plays out, he felt compelled to act when Arenas’s teammates surrounded him during pregame introductions prior to a game with the Philadelphia 76ers and he pantomimed shooting them with guns made from his fingers.The Wizards issued a statement condemning the players’ pregame stunt as “unacceptable.

On February 13, 2010, after a 17/33 record at the season’s midway point, The Wizards traded Butler, Haywood, and Stevenson to the Mavericks in exchange for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton. Three days later, the Wizards traded Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers in exchange for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and obtained Al Thornton from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal. Ilgauskas reported long enough to take a physical (to make the trade official). His contract was immediately bought out, making him a free agent.

On February 26, 2010, the Wizards signed Shaun Livingston to a ten-day contract.Despite the off-court distractions, the Wizards finished the season with a modest 26/56 record. However, they were the only Southeast Division team not to make the post season.

Most games are carried on TV on Comcast SportsNet which is available in the Washington, D.C. area and other parts of the mid Atlantic states. Alternate local carriers include WDCW-TV and cable station TBD TV. Wizards games are announced by Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier. Chris Miller serves as a sideline reporter for some broadcasts (including most Wizards’ home games). On the radio, Wizards games are broadcast on WJFK-106.7 FM, with Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor doing analysis.

Amanda Harrison is the author of Ticketsinventory.com . Ticketsinventory is a leader tickets market search engine that enable Ticket shoppers to easily find, compare and buy Washington Wizards Tickets sports tickets, theatre tickets Nba Tickets plus other events tickets.

Nfl – Washington Redskins Defeat Philadelphia Eagles

Donovan McNabb worked his way back to the Philadelphia Eagles stadium this Sunday as he guided the Washington Redskins to their second win of the season. McNabb had an impeccable first half commanding the aerial raid that would ultimately lead the Redskins to its 17-12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

McNabb had called the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia his home stadium for 11 seasons. Most of his successful moments as a professional athlete came in this stadiums wearing the Eagles colors. McNabb threw 125 yards and one touchdown against his former team. McNabb, who has been a 6-time Pro-Bowler had to speed things down in the second half, to stay within the game-plan that Mike Shanahan had deployed to defeat the Eagles.

There had to be a significant arrangement in the game-plan. Most fans out there were expecting a Donovan McNabb-Michael Vick showdown, as Vick had managed to perform brightly after the Eagles starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion during the season opener. Vick, who is certainly putting a lot of effort into bringing back his A-game after his two years in a Federal Prison, was having one heck of a season, making sure that there were no doubts that he deserved to be the guy leading the Eagles aerial and land-based attacks.

Towards the end of the first quarter, Vick launched himself forward in a 23-yard-scramble, searching for spaces and escaping from defenders until he got sandwiched between two Redskins defenders and had to leave the game with sore ribs. Kevin Kolb came in, and kept things under the radar for a while. But the problems were still out there for the Philadelphia Eagles.

One thing is certain, both Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick are phenomenal quarterbacks, and that is a indisputable plus for the Eagles. But there is not too much of a margin for these two to rely on, as the Eagles defense has some serious flaws. Had Vick avoided the collision and remained on the field the Eagles could have won. At least thats a reasonable guess. Despite Kolbs talent, Vick is a bit more flexible and athletic. While Kolb sits in the pocket and throws his passes from within the safe-zone, Vick can run and squeeze between players if necessary. He is fast on his feet, but then there is always the risk of injury.

One thing is for sure. Once Vick was out, and the Redskins went for the half-time break, the was a drastic change in Washingtons team tactics. Lets take a look at McNabbs numbers in the first and second half. For instance, he completed 6 of 8 for 115 yards in the first half, completing a touchdown pass and a very respectable 156.3 passer rating for the first two quarters. This was the key for the 17 points the Redskins had in the first half against the 6 points procured by the Eagles.

Then came the change in tactics and McNabb hit personal record-breaking lows in the second half. He completed 2 of 11 for 10 passing yards (yes: 10!) and one interception. If you like doing numbers, thats a 1.7 passer rating. At the end, the Redskins played well and pulled off the upset. But is this a good sign for Washington, can they keep on winning games and managing to stay competitive in their conference.

The Redskins will now face the Green Bay Packers in what its expected to be a very close game while the Philadelphia Eagles will have to visit San Francisco and go head to head with the 49ers.

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers NCAA Football, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS’ Sports Betting Blog . You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

The Washington Wizards Tickets : The Wizards Were Chosen To Pick Fifth Overall In Nba Draft Lottery

The Washington Wizards is a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., previously known as Washington Bullets. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The club now known as the Wizards began play as the Chicago Packers in the 1961/62 season. The next season, they changed their name to the Chicago Zephyrs. In 1963 the franchise moved to Baltimore, Maryland, and became the Baltimore Bullets (no relation to the 1940s/50s Bullets franchise). In their first year in Baltimore, the Bullets finished 4th in a 5/team Western Division.

Prior to the 1964/65 NBA season the Bullets pulled off a blockbuster trade, sending Terry Dischinger, Rod Thorn and Don Kojis to the Detroit Pistons for Bailey Howell, Don Ohl, Bob Ferry and Wali Jones. The trade worked out well; Howell proved to be a hustling, fundamentally sound player who helped the Bullets get into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In the 1965 NBA Playoffs, the Bullets stunned the St.

Louis Hawks 3/1, and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. In the finals, Baltimore managed to split the first four games with the Los Angeles Lakers before losing the series 4/2.

Flip Saunders reached an agreement to become the new coach of the team in mid-April, 2009. Despite having the second best chance at obtaining the number one overall pick in the 2009 draft, the Wizards were randomly chosen to pick fifth overall in the NBA Draft Lottery. This pick was later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Songaila, Thomas, and Oleksiy Pecherov, in exchange for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.[14] On May 21, 2009, Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld announced that the team has named Randy Wittman and Sam Cassell as assistant coaches.Then on August 11, 2009, the Wizards signed Fabricio Oberto, many weeks after he committed to signing with the team.

On December 24, 2009, it was revealed that Arenas had admitted to storing unloaded firearms in his locker at Verizon Center and had surrendered them to team security. In doing so, Arenas violated both NBA rules against bringing firearms into an arena and D.C. ordinances. On January 1, 2010, it was reported that Arenas and teammate Javaris Crittenton had unloaded guns in the Wizards’ locker room during a Christmas Eve argument regarding gambling debts. The D.C. Metropolitan Police and the U.S. Attorney’s office are investigating.

In January, the NBA suspended Arenas indefinitely without pay while conducting their investigation into the incident. NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement that while Arenas would likely face a lengthy suspension (possibly for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, if not longer), “his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game.” Despite Stern’s longstanding practice of not disciplining players until the legal process plays out, he felt compelled to act when Arenas’s teammates surrounded him during pregame introductions prior to a game with the Philadelphia 76ers and he pantomimed shooting them with guns made from his fingers.The Wizards issued a statement condemning the players’ pregame stunt as “unacceptable”.

On February 13, 2010, after a 17/33 record at the season’s midway point, The Wizards traded Butler, Haywood, and Stevenson to the Mavericks in exchange for Josh Howard, Drew Gooden, Quinton Ross and James Singleton. Three days later, the Wizards traded Antawn Jamison to the Cavaliers in exchange for Zydrunas Ilgauskas and obtained Al Thornton from the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal. Ilgauskas reported long enough to take a physical (to make the trade official). His contract was immediately bought out, making him a free agent.

On February 26, 2010, the Wizards signed Shaun Livingston to a ten-day contract.Despite the off-court distractions, the Wizards finished the season with a modest 26/56 record. However, they were the only Southeast Division team not to make the post-season.

In the 2006 NBA Playoffs, the Wizards matched up with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a first-round matchup, in what would turn out to be the first of three consecutive postseason matchups, as well as James’ first-ever playoff appearance. The series was considered to be one of the most evenly matched of all first-round series that year. After suffering a loss in Game 1, Washington came back to win Game 2 and steal home-court advantage heading back to Verizon Center for Game 3.

Cleveland stole home-court advantage right back. Washington came back to tie the series at two apiece with a win in Game 4, but suffered two consecutive one-point overtime losses and thus were eliminated 4 games to 2.

Dating back to the start of the 2005/06 season, the Wizards and Cavaliers have played each other a combined 36 times (including preseason), far more than they have played any other team in the league.

Amanda Harrison is the author of Ticketsinventory.com . Ticketsinventory is a leader tickets market search engine that enable Ticket shoppers to easily find, compare and buy Washington Wizards Tickets sports tickets, theatre tickets NBA Tickets plus other events tickets.

NFL – Washington Redskins defeat Philadelphia Eagles

Donovan McNabb worked his way back to the Philadelphia Eagles stadium this Sunday as he guided the Washington Redskins to their second win of the season. McNabb had an impeccable first half commanding the aerial raid that would ultimately lead the Redskins to its 17-12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. McNabb had called the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia his home stadium for 11 seasons. Most of his successful moments as a professional athlete came in this stadiums wearing the Eagles’ colors. McNabb threw 125 yards and one touchdown against his former team. McNabb, who has been a 6-time Pro-Bowler had to speed things down in the second half, to stay within the game-plan that Mike Shanahan had deployed to defeat the Eagles. There had to be a significant arrangement in the game-plan. Most fans out there were expecting a Donovan McNabb-Michael Vick showdown, as Vick had managed to perform brightly after the Eagles starting quarterback, Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion during the season opener. Vick, who is certainly putting a lot of effort into bringing back his A-game after his two years in a Federal Prison, was having one heck of a season, making sure that there were no doubts that he deserved to be the guy leading the Eagles aerial and land-based attacks. Towards the end of the first quarter, Vick launched himself forward in a 23-yard-scramble, searching for spaces and escaping from defenders until he got sandwiched between two Redskins defenders and had to leave the game with sore ribs. Kevin Kolb came in, and kept things under the radar for a while. But the problems were still out there for the Philadelphia Eagles. One thing is certain, both Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick are phenomenal quarterbacks, and that is a indisputable plus for the Eagles. But there is not too much of a margin for these two to rely on, as the Eagles’ defense has some serious flaws. Had Vick avoided the collision and remained on the field the Eagles could have won. At least that’s a reasonable guess. Despite Kolb’s talent, Vick is a bit more flexible and athletic. While Kolb sits in the pocket and throws his passes from within the safe-zone, Vick can run and squeeze between players if necessary. He is fast on his feet, but then there is always the risk of injury. One thing is for sure. Once Vick was out, and the Redskins went for the half-time break, the was a drastic change in Washington’s team tactics. Let’s take a look at McNabbs’ numbers in the first and second half. For instance, he completed 6 of 8 for 115 yards in the first half, completing a touchdown pass and a very respectable 156.3 passer rating for the first two quarters. This was the key for the 17 points the Redskins had in the first half against the 6 points procured by the Eagles. Then came the change in tactics and McNabb hit personal record-breaking lows in the second half. He completed 2 of 11 for 10 passing yards (yes: 10!) and one interception. If you like doing numbers, that’s a 1.7 passer rating. At the end, the Redskins played well and pulled off the upset. But is this a good sign for Washington, can they keep on winning games and managing to stay competitive in their conference.

Stephen Lars is a prominent sports blogger and currently covers NCAA Football, previews and handicaps for the BetIAS’ Sports Betting Blog . You may reprint this article in its full content, please note no modifications to it are accepted.

2010-11 Washington Capitals NHL Predictions and Odds

Everyone in the NHL is expecting the Washington Capitals to repeat as regular-season champions. Everyone around Washington hopes the Capitals don’t repeat as first-round flops in the postseason.

The Capitals have won three consecutive Southeast Division crowns. Anything short of a divisional crown this year would be a shock considering this team’s ability and the rest of the division’s shortcomings.

But the regular season is not the endgame in Washington. The Capitals’ regular-season point total has increased from 94 in 2007-08, to 108 in 2008-09 and finally 121 last season. But only once during that span have the Capitals advanced past the first round and they have not reached the Eastern Conference Finals since Alexander Ovechkin arrived.

Since Ovi arrived in Washington, the Capitals have looked anything but dominant in the postseason. Their four playoff series in the last three years have all gone seven games, and only once did Washington ever win the deciding Game 7.

Yet there is no one around the organization hitting the panic button or calling for wholesale changes. The Capitals enter this season the same way they have the past few, with high expectations and a similar roster to the previous season.

Ovechkin put up impressive numbers again last season (50 goals and 59 assists), especially considering he played a career-low 72 games. More important was the supporting cast around him with Nicklas Backstrom leading the team in assists with 68, Alexander Semi scoring 40 goals and adding 44 assists and defensemen Mike Green (76 points) and Brooks Laich (59 points) fitting right in with coach Bruce Boudreau’s offense-first philosophy. 

The Washington Capitals schedule finds them in Atlanta to open their season on Friday Oct. 8. The date circled on most NHL fan’s calendars is New Years Day when the Capitals play the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field in the Winter Classic. But before the teams meet outdoors in Pittsburgh they will play for the first time in Washington on Dec. 23. The Capitals embark on their longest road trip of the season in mid-March, a six-game swing that begins and ends at Montreal, the No. 8 seed who stunned them last season.

Offseason Moves
The goalie situation will be a battle between Simeon Varlamov (2.55 GAA last season) and Michal Neuvirth (2.75 GAA), but the Capitals signed goalie Dany Sabourin as an insurance policy. They traded for enforcer D.J. King to fill a major void that has been there since Donald Brashear left for the Rangers last season. With the season fast approaching the Capitals signed forward Matt Hendricks. The veteran who last played in Colorado last season will have a great shot at making the team.

Washington Capitals Predictions: Outlook
When it comes to talent, the Washington Capitals are on a different level than most teams. The lack of overall changes to the coaching staff or roster is a testament to the dominance Washington has enjoyed in the regular season.

The Southeast Division is theirs to lose, and some NHL handicappers would even say the Eastern Conference is theirs to lose. Duplicating the franchises first-ever Presidents’ Trophy from last season is a possibility, but even if the Capitals do not finish the season with the best record they will undoubtedly be a Stanley Cup contender.

Washington Capitals Futures Odds
The Capitals are the odds-on favorite to win the Southeast Division (-900), the Eastern Conference (+250) and the Stanley Cup (+450). Their ‘over/under’ for points (108.5) and wins (50.5) are both the highest in the league. The oddsmakers clearly feel that Washington is the unquestioned team to beat this season.

NHL Predictions for Washington Capitals
There is absolutely no value in laying -900 odds for a team to win a division. And there is not much value in Washington to win the Eastern Conference or win the Stanley Cup considering they have not gotten past the second round of the playoffs since 1998.

The total of 108.5 points does look promising considering they finished with 121 points last season. Even if they suffer a 12-point decline from last season, the Capitals will still go ‘over’ the total of 108.5. And this team actually has the ability to improve by 12 points. Take Washington ‘over’ 108.5 points but steer clear of the Capitals’ other futures odds.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of the NHL handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to-the-minute NHL Odds and his famous winning hockey picks.

2010-11 Washington Wizards NBA Predictions and Odds

It seems rather amusing to even say right now, but remember that heading into last season the Washington Wizards actually thought they might be Eastern Conference contenders by adding Mike Miller and Randy Foye – for the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft – to their “Big 3” of Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler?

Needless to say, that was a pipe dream, with Washington finishing 26-56 for the second-worst record in the East. The only time this team was interesting was when Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton nearly had a gunfight in the locker room.

Of those five players listed in the first paragraph, only Arenas remains. And you can be certain that the Wizards would love to dump ‘Agent Zero’ after that gun incident last year, but Arenas has arguably the worst contract in sports: four years remain on his six-year, $ 111 million deal. That makes him totally untradeable and means the Wizards have no choice but to see if a backcourt of Arenas and John Wall will work (Arenas hasn’t been on the team’s active roster at the end of any of the past four seasons due to injury or suspension). Offensively it could but defensively it could get ugly.

Wall is now the face of the franchise after the Wizards were able to win the NBA Draft Lottery and take him No. 1 overall – probably just a slightly a better pick than their last No. 1 overall was: Kwame Brown. It’s really the only positive thing that has happened to this franchise in a while. But dumping the likes of Jamison and Butler in trades last year should allow the Wizards to be a free agent player in the coming years. They had significant cap room this offseason, but no big-ticket free agent in his right mind was going to go to a rebuilding Washington.

The Wizards do have some decent young big men in JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche. Those two, Wall, Arenas and either Josh Howard or Al Thornton will comprise the starting five. This season isn’t about reaching the playoffs or even a .500 mark, but rather starting the long climb back to respectability.

Washington Wizards: Offseason Moves
Obviously, getting Wall was the most significant move and the team also drafted Clemson’s Trevor Booker in the first round. The Wizards also re-signed Josh Howard to a low-risk deal and traded for Yi Jianlian, who still has some potential. In a bit of a bizarre move, however, the Wizards basically took on Kirk Hinrich’s remaining two years and $ 17 million in a salary dump by Chicago. That’s a lot to pay a guy who is solid, especially on defense, but in essence their third guard.

2010-11 Washington Wizards NBA Odds
The Wizards’ ‘over/under’ regular-season win total by NBA handicappers is 32.5. Their odds to win the Southeast Division are +2000, they are +1500 to reach the East Finals, +3000 to win the East and +5000 to win the NBA title. Wall is the +150 favorite to win Rookie of the Year.

2010-11 Washington Wizards NBA Predictions
If Arenas sticks to his word and basically steps back and lets Wall control the team, obviously the Wizards are both better off now and for the future. But already Arenas has a tweaked hammy – an actual real injury this time, not the one he faked and got fined for. This guy never learns. Wall should win the NBA Rookie of the Year award as he’s already the fastest guy in the league from coast to coast with the ball. This team could be in some very high-scoring games because it will again be among the worst in the NBA on defense.

Needless to say, you shouldn’t be wasting any money on the Wiz to win the division or anything, but adding seven wins to last year’s total seems very doable, so you might want to take the ‘over’ 32.5.

Doc Moseman is one of the pioneers of the NBA handicapping industry. Check out his Web site for up-to-the-minute NBA Odds and his famous winning basketball picks.