Re: protecting the ball while driving in for a lay up?
I do this, and I'm the only person I've ever seen to do it...
I don't even protect the ball really, I actually do some slight of hand.
I put my opposite hand like I'm about to lay the ball up (empty handed, think of it like playing air guitar) then I bring my hand back down and actually go up for the lay-up
You'd be shocked on how many people that move jukes