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Sad news out of Texas this morning: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's unruly training camp beard "passed away" last night from complications due to shaving in his San Antonio home," reports Mike Monroe of the SA Express News.

Pop showed up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Wizards with his formerly flowing Castaway beard trimmed to a length certain to meet the approval of the NBA's style police.

"It was a lot longer yesterday," Popovich said. 'I had to look halfway clean, so it wouldn't look quite so much like I was going to steal something from somebody."

The Unruly Training Camp Beard is survived by his wife, Erin; children, Micky and Jill; superstar power forward, Tim Duncan of the Virgin Islands; and the rest of the San Antionio Spurs organization.

The Unruly Training Camp Beard's family requests that in lieu of flowers or after shave balm, donations are sent to poor Salim Stoudamire. Arrangements courtesy of Gillette Funerals.

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