|History||Springfield Fusion (1995-2010) Pittsburgh Keystones (2010-present)|
|Team colors|| Black, Vegas Gold and Gray
|Owner(s)||John Del Grotto (male greyhound)|
|RL General Manager||Kinto Mythostian|
|RL Head Coach||Bluebane|
|General manager||Mark Quintaux (male draft horse)|
|Head coach||Marseille "Mars" Ngozi (male African Lion)|
|Assistant coach||Reggie Wilkins (male wolf)|
|Lead trainer||Harry Grant (male cheetah)|
|Retired numbers||12 (Volker Zahn)|
The Pittsburgh Keystones are a professional furry basketball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They play in the Central Division of the Furry Basketball Association (FBA). They play their home games at the AmeriSteelForum and were founded in 2010 after the relocation of the Springfield Fusion as one of the newer teams of the FBA.
2010-2011: Off to a Slow Start
Under the ownership of John Del Grotto, the new franchise pulled in plenty of fans in the early part of their inaugural season. High-flying dunker Alan Murphy and sharpshooter Gilbert Exen kept the crowd entertained and hopeful for the team's success, but the rest of the league showed no mercy upon the relocated club. With dwindling attendance by the end of the season and no chance at the playoffs, General Manager Terry McMasters agreed to a last-second trade before the deadline that sent Murphy to the Williamsburg Minutemen in exchange for the option of a future draft pick should Murphy extend his contract in Virginia. It would turn out to be a moot point, as the kangaroo was sign-and-traded back to Pittsburgh in exchange for the #3 overall pick of the 2011 draft.
2011-2012: Struggles in the Steel City
On December 24th, 2011 after starting 2-17, the Keystones fired their first head coach Nasir Abdul-Wahad, top assisstant Davey Warbuckle, and Strength & Conditioning coach Marv Burton in the first staff firings of the new franchise. On December 26th, 2011 they hired former Lupine State assistant coach Vinny Tanner to lead the team after reports of a toss up between the two current assistant coaches Lauren Montana and Jeff Quinn to lead on an interim basis. Also hired was fellow LSU assistant Reggie Wilkins and former Minutemen strength coach Rudy Brown to fill the gaps in the staff. The same week GM Terry McMasters was fired in response to the Marcus Baylor deal at the beginning of the season and resulting fallout. Former Minutemen assistant Tulliano Parsons is named successor on December 29th. They would wind up with the worst record at the end of the season.
2012-2013: New Look for a New Era
During the 2012 offseason, the Keystones began completely overhauling their team starting with the head coach, firing Vinny Tanner and hiring former Oklahoma State standout Omar Randal to succeed him. They then moved on to the roster, pulling off several surprising trades, such as the 3 way trades that brought Dorian Black and Stripes Quinn to the franchise. But the biggest was the blockbuster that sent the face of the team, Gilbert Exen to the Spokane Rapids in exchange for Phil Grandon, Tatiana Trotsky, and the #6 pick in the 2012 Draft. That trade, plus a general lack of movement in the negotiations meant that starting center Doug Day would not be resigned. At one point the Keystones held 4 draft picks, all in the first round until the Randy Catcher trade left them with the #4 and #6 picks.
Despite the small bit of success that came about, the Keystones still graced the bottom of the conference, only outperforming the Huntsville Mayors who crashed hard from their previous season's success. GM Parsons chose to retire late in the 2012-13 season, leaving owner John Del Grotto to pull double duties while searching for a replacement. At the end of the season, head coach Omar Randal also called it quits, forcing the greyhound to rebuild his top managerial staff from scratch.
2013-2014: Re-tooling the Roster
Shortly after the season ended, John Del Grotto hired Mark Quintaux as the new general manager of the Keystones. Under Quintaux, the Keystones embarked on an aggressive rebuilding campaign, such that by the time the season started only 6 players remained from the previous season's roster. Acquisitions included Dennis Xabbu (Spotted Giraffe, C) from the defending Dakota Bikers, as well as Silas Rand (Squirrel, G) from the Minutemen in a trade involving Crystal Davis (Cheetah, G). In addition the Keystones had a majorly successful draft, picking up the #2, #4, and the #11 rated prospects of the draft class with two top-eight picks and a second-round pick. Despite all the offseason activity, it was only at the last moment that the GM hired the new head coach of the team, tapping former D-League coach Anton K. Schumacher to lead the Keystones.
Despite their best record ever, a late season collapse left the Keystones fighting for a playoff spot right until the last game of the season. Once more the Keystones were on the outside looking in when the postseason rolled around. Nevertheless, both Quintaux and Schumacher were retained for the 2014-2015 season.
2014-2015: First Taste of Success
|Point Guard||Shooting Guard||Small Forward||Power Forward||Center|
|62||Aisha Card (Opossum, G)||8||Terrence Tolliver (Pronghorn, G)||14||Shirley Takamoto (Jaguar, F/G)||7||Daius Aurelias (Lion, F/C)||10||Lance Freewell (Clouded Leopard, C)|
|4||Randy Catcher (Bullfrog, G)||2||Erik Kijani (Leopard, G)||11||Maximilian Piers (Pelican, F/C)||41||Christiaan Hengst (Friesian Horse, C/F)||46||Frank Collins (Black Rhino, C)|
|22||Stan Shields Jr. (Gray Wolf, F)||9||Alan Murphy (Kangaroo, F)||63||Sonja Tinker (Skunk, F/C)||77||Saga Ström (Howler Monkey, F/G)||16||Tyrone Gale (Horse, G/F)|
|Head Coach Use Only:|
- Marseilles (Mars) Ngozi (Lion)
- Reggie Wilkins (Wolf)
- Giancarlo Massipi (Greyhound)
- Lauren Montana (Black bear)
- Jeff Quinn (Cardinal)
- Harry Grant (Cheetah)
Strength and Conditioning Coach
- Rudy Brown (Panther)