Opening Tip: Is it too early to panic?

Mike Woodson's troops have dropped six of their last seven. Is it time to worry? Elsa/Getty Images

The Knicks are in an early-season tailspin. They've lost five in a row and six of seven. They've also dropped six straight at home. Players are using buzzwords like "panic" and "pressure" and talking about confidence issues.

But coach Mike Woodson says it's too early for all of that. He thinks it's way too soon for the Knicks to start panicking.

Knicks fans might not want to hear this, but he has a point.

The Knicks (3-9) are fortunate to play in a division in which all the teams are terrible. The Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics are all expected to tank for positioning in the 2014 draft. And the Brooklyn Nets are just as bad as the Knicks, if not worse.

So, as awful as they've been, there's no reason to believe the Knicks can't still compete for the division title. As Woodson is fond of saying, no one is running away with the Atlantic.

Up now: Some players are ready to push the panic button, but Woodson disagrees.

Coming off a strong game Saturday, Amar'e Stoudemire expressed confidence that he can be a great player again. He even holds out hope that he can make the Hall of Fame.

What's next: The Knicks' road trip continues Monday against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers.

Question: Is Woodson right? Is it too early to panic?

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