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University of Akron basketball players Hanna Luburgh (left) and Rachel Tecca watch from the sidelines while the team runs a drill during practice last season at James A. Rhodes Arena. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)
University of Akron's Hanna Luburgh scrambles for a loose ball during the Zips game against Northern Illinois last season at James A. Rhodes Arena. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)
University of Akron guard Hanna Luburgh (14) shoots over Purdue's Courtney Moses, left, and Hayden Hamby during the first half of a first-round game in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, last season in West Lafayette, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
TORONTO: When Chris Bosh and LeBron James joined together with the Miami Heat six years ago, they left behind two franchises that disintegrated into irrelevance. Without their franchise pillars, both the Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors became also-rans. They took far different paths to get here, but both teams have returned to the top of the Eastern Conference.