Joe Vardon, the Dispatch reporter who has dutifully recorded every step of Gov Kasich at home and abroad, has joined the Plain Dealer’s Northeast Ohio Media Group staff. His new beat: basketball icon LeBron James. Honest.

It may be a first in professional sports. I mean, a reporter who will live and breathe in his night-and-day job for one athlete.

The PD reported that Vardon will “pay attention to James’ basketball exploits, but he will also cover James’ business empire, charitable work and mentoring of youth.”

But maybe the career move isn’t as dramatic as it seems, inasmuch as Vardon has had loads of experience covering Kasich’s own business empire of one percenters, including casino tycoon Sheldon Adelsen. With that on-the-job training, it should be a slam dunk for Vardon.