updated 01/13/2011 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 01/13/2011 AT 1:15 PM ET
“The most important thing is to stay strong mentally, even if these are very difficult times,” Parker says in an interview – his first since his split – with France’s Le Parisien newspaper. “I’ve take refuge in basketball because that’s what I’ve done best since my youth.”
Parker, 28, whose San Antonio Spurs are on a winning streak, tells the newspaper he’s trying to “make sense of things” but that his teammates are standing by him and keeping him strong.