Phoenix Suns star Kevin Durant had a bold “elite” take for gymnastics superstar Simone Biles as she prepares for the Paris Olympics. Durant, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, expressed his admiration for Biles and her continued excellence in the sport despite being 27 years old, well beyond the typical peak age for gymnasts.

"I've got to go see that," Durant said, as reported by the Associated Press. “I was talking to a gymnast the other day and I didn't know their peak is from like 15 to like 18 or 19 or something like that. So, for her to be at that age and still elite, of course, yeah, I want to go check her out."

Durant's respect for Biles extends beyond her athletic prowess, highlighting his eagerness to watch her compete in what is expected to be her final Olympic Games.

“I’ve always been a fan of what she was doing. Introduced me to that sport, really. I wasn't really paying attention much until she started doing her thing,” Durant said. “Simone is somebody who set the tone for what a champion, an Olympian, a winner in life should be."

Biles, the most decorated gymnast in history with 37 medals from Olympic and world championship competitions, continues to inspire athletes across disciplines. Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo has set a personal goal to get a picture with her in Paris.

"To be that good -- well, excuse me, to be that great -- and she still keeps breaking barriers," Adebayo said.

LeBron James also praised Biles, calling her "the best" and emphasizing her influence.

"Simone is super dope," James said. "And she's an inspiration to my daughter and to all, not only Black girls in the world, but also, kids, anyone, not only just in gymnastics but any field."

U.S. guard Devin Booker echoed similar sentiments, expressing his excitement to watch Biles in action if schedules align for the U.S. men’s basketball team and the U.S. women’s gymnastics team in Paris.

"It's really inspiring," Booker said. "I'll be there in full support if I have the time and the schedule matches up."

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